Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson together with Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today met Challenge Community Services and Joblink Plus to talk about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and what it will mean for locals.


From 1 July 2016, people with disability and their families in Tamworth and New England will be able to access the NDIS.


“For the first time, people with disability and their families will have real choice and control over their lives,” Mr Anderson said.


“Importantly, everyone will share in the benefits of the NDIS. The NDIS in the Hunter England will create close to 4,000 new jobs and double funding from $500 million in 2017 to more than $1 billion by 2019.”


“The NDIS is one of Australia’s great social reforms. Put simply, it means more money, more jobs and, most importantly, more people getting support,” Mr Ajaka said.


“However, with any reform there is potential for some challenges. It is why I am travelling across NSW to hear firsthand from providers, like Challenge Community Services, about what is happening in the real world and what they want done.”


To support regional and remote disability service providers, the NSW Government created the $5 million Transition Assistance Program (TAP).


Under the TAP, providers in regional and remote areas can apply up for up to $35,000 in funding for NDIS readiness activities, like updating business plans or purchasing software.


Grants are available to providers who have less than $3 million in annual turnover and are located in, or provide services to regional and remote areas and intend to become providers under the NDIS.


The TAP is being delivered in partnership with Aged and Community Services (ACSA) NSW. Applications close on today, Friday 22 April 2016.


For more information about the NDIS in NSW, go to www.ndis.nsw.gov.au

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