The Abbott Government delivered welcoming news to thousands of people with disability, carers, families and their advocates by extending funding for a range of programmes transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) until June 2016.
Minister Fifield said the Government had extended funding to the following programmes:
- Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
- Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start)
- Young Carers Respite and Information Service (YCRISP)
- Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability (OTD)
- Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability (RSCYP)
- National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)
The contract extensions will provide around $47 million to service providers across the country, with $9.9 million allocated to Victorian service providers.
Minister Fifield also announced funding assurance to current providers of the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP), with a 12-month extension to all agreements.
More than 11,500 people received support through the NDAP in 2013-14.
“The extension allows advocacy groups to continue supporting people with disability while planning takes place for the future of the NDAP,” he said.
“As the NDIS rolls out across Australia, NDAP providers will continue to assist people with disability to participate in decisions that impact their lives, including helping them access both the NDIS and mainstream services.”
Refer to the below link for the full media release by Minister Fifield, 13 March 2015.
Certainty of funding for range of disability and carers programmes