Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to support people with a disability by entering into an agreement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
On Saturday, Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Disability Services Mary Wooldridge announced the signing of an agreement between the Victorian Coalition Government and the Commonwealth for a full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – now known as DisabilityCare Australia in Victoria from 2019-20.
“Many individuals and families throughout Gippsland will benefit greatly from this decision,” Mr Ryan said.
“Once it comes into effect the scheme will provide certainty of care for those in Gippsland living with a disability and the many dedicated carers who support them.”
Mr Ryan said tomorrow’s 2013-2014 Victorian Budget would also include a significant funding increase of $224 million for disability services, taking the total annual disability funding provided by the Coalition Government to $1.6 billion.
“This Budget announcement will provide more immediate support, with a significant boost in the number of Individual Support Packages (ISPs) and funding for people with complex needs in supported accommodation,” Mr Ryan said.
“The disability package in the upcoming budget will support the continuing reform that is helping build better lives for people with disability in the lead-up to full implementation of the NDIS across Victoria from July 2019.”
The Budget package for disability:
• delivers $107 million for 720 new ISPs for people with high support needs, and continues the specialised vocational supports for young people with disability pursuing employment goals;
• provides over $62 million to help meet the increasingly complex needs of people with disability living in Government-run supported accommodation;
• commits $7.9 million for capital investment in new accommodation to enable the closure of Sandhurst Residential Services, giving residents the opportunity to live within the community;
• provides $4 million for the aids and equipment program for people with disability;
• allocates over $26 million for a wage rise in 2013-14 for about 13,000 disability workers as a result of a Fair Work Australia decision known as the SACS case; and
• contributes $17 million in additional funding to support the Victorian launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Barwon region on 1 July 2013 taking the Victorian Coalition Government’s total 3-year investment in the launch site to over $300 million.
"These two announcements over the weekend have been widely supported and I am delighted the Coalition Government is significantly increasing resources into the disability sector," Mr Ryan said.
“This package offers people with disability, their family and carers more control and choice over the support they receive to ensure it best meets their specific needs.”
Mr Ryan said funding had also been secured to purchase land and begin planning for the new Sale Specialist School as part of the 2013-14 Victorian Budget.
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Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has called on the local community to nominate individuals, teams and businesses that have made a difference to the lives of people with disability for the 2013 Victorian Disability Sector Awards.
Mr Ryan said there were many examples throughout Gippsland where people had shown passion and a real commitment to improving the lives of some of the most disadvantaged members of the community.
“For example, the George Gray Centre provides an Adult Training Support Service in Maffra as well as day programs in Sale for approximately 70 adults with a disability living within the Wellington Shire,” Mr Ryan said.
“The George Gray Centre has been providing programs based on individual needs, with focus on enhancing personal development, increasing independence and promoting community inclusion.”
Mr Ryan said nominations for the 2013 Victorian Disability Sector Awards can be made across nine different award categories that recognise excellence in service, advocacy and personal and community support for people with disability.
Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said that the awards provided a chance to recognise the wide range of ways individuals and businesses support people with disability.
“These awards are an important opportunity to publicly acknowledge the innovation and commitment of individuals and organisations that provide services and support to people with disability,” Ms Wooldridge said.
The Victorian Disability Sector Awards are a partnership between National Disability Services (NDS), Disability Professionals Victoria (DPV) and the Victorian Coalition Government.
Nominations for the awards close on 13 March and winners will be announced at the Victorian Disability Sector Awards ceremony on 19 June 2013.
For more information about the Victorian Disability Sector Awards visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-service-providers/disability/disability-recognition-awards/victorian-disability-sector-awards.
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The 2012 Victorian Disability Sector Awards are currently open and Gippsland residents are being encouraged to nominate a member of the community or organisations who demonstrate excellence in service and a commitment to the development of people with a disability.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said the awards celebrate and acknowledge those who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and commitment to assisting people with a disability achieve their life goals.
“It is important that we recognise the essential work of those who are supporting people with a disability,” Mr Ryan said.
“These awards recognise the efforts of those individuals, teams, organisations and businesses for the significant contribution they are making to improve the lives of those with a disability,” Mr Ryan said.
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said the continued efforts of disability support workers, volunteers and businesses are important in helping ensure people with a disability can achieve their goals and participate within the community.
“These awards provide a unique opportunity for this commitment and valuable community contribution to be acknowledged and honoured,” Ms Wooldridge said.
Members of the public can make a nomination in eight different award categories including: Support Worker (Individual); Support Worker (Team); Client Services Worker; Leadership; Emerging Leader; Volunteer; Business Supporting Disability and Lifetime Achievement Award categories.
Nominations close Wednesday 7 March 2012 and winners will be announced at the disability Sector Awards ceremony on Thursday 26 April.
For guidelines and nomination forms visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards.
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