The 2017-2018 NSW Budget has earmarked over $3 billion for disability. It includes $2 billion recurrent funding for supports and services, including $1.3 billion to the National Disability Insurance Agency for clients who are being supported under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). $1.4 billion will assist people with disability participate socially and economically in their community; $3.9 million is for youth participation programs to encourage young people to lead and participate in community activities while $1.6 million is for the NSW Volunteering Strategy, to better recruit, support and recognise volunteers in the community.
The NSW Budget promotes choice, community inclusion, and engagement for people with disability and confirms the success of the ongoing transition to the NDIS, Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams said.
“This Budget demonstrates the significant investment NSW is making to deliver an NDIS that supports people with disability to take charge of their future. It also reflects the transition of disability services to the non-government sector and meets the NSW contribution in full,” Williams said. “The NSW Government is working tirelessly to promote inclusion and ensure there are no barriers for people with disability to live life their way.”