SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY IN NSW

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams launched a public information campaign to ensure all eligible people with disability in NSW sign up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). “NSW is leading the country, with almost 100,000 people with disability signed up to the NDIS,” Mr Williams said.

“We estimate there are tens of thousands of people in NSW who may be eligible for the scheme but have not yet signed up.“This means a number of people with disability may be missing out on the services and supports they are entitled to. “This information campaign will particularly engage with communities who are underrepresented in the Scheme, including people from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

Since joining the NDIS, Kris Van Kampen from Frenchs Forest, has worked at a café and is now a full time employee at Fighting Chance, a support network for social entrepreneurs. “The NDIS has helped me find my feet. I never thought I could be independent like my brothers and live a ‘full’ life,” Mr Van Kampen said.

Mr Williams said the NDIS is now available in NSW and individuals can apply even if they have not previously received supports.

“It is critical that people in our State who have a permanent and significant disability are aware and have access to information about the NDIS,” Mr Williams said. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is contributing more than $3.2 billion to the NDIS.