NSW parliament passes bill enabling NDIS

20 November 2013 5:31 AM

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NSW parliament passes bill enabling NDIS

PEOPLE living with a disability in NSW will have greater choice by 2018, with a bill passing state parliament that enables the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) to take effect.

Disability Services Minister John Ajaka said the passage of the bill on Wednesday was a great moment for people with disabilities, their families, carers and care workers.

"The bill contains the measures necessary to make the NDIS a reality in NSW and helps to make sure that by 2018 people with disability will have greater choice and control of the support they receive," he said in a statement.

Under the NDIS, annual funding for the NSW disability sector would more than double, from more than $2.5 billion to $6.4 billion each year by 2018, Mr Ajaka said.

It will make an additional 50,000 people with disabilities and their families eligible for support, creating up to 25,000 jobs in the disability sector.

Opposition disability spokeswoman Barbara Perry said more consultation was needed on the move from NSW government services to non-government groups under the scheme.

"People with disabilities and their carers have legitimate fears around what the transition will mean," she said.

The NDIS is being trialled in the Hunter and will be rolled out across the state from 2016, being fully implemented by 2018.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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