Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka confirmed the Government’s commitment to supporting a disability service model that offers choice and control to people with disabilities.
“One of the biggest benefits of the NDIS is that it gives control back to people with disability. Each participant has full choice and control over their funding and the support they choose to access”, Mr Ajaka said.
In 2014/15 the NDIS will become available to residents of Lake Macquarie, with over 2,000 more participants expected to start receiving benefits under the NDIS banner.
By July 2016, over 10,000 people with disabilities will be funded by the NDIS in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland local government areas.
The number of people receiving disability support in NSW is expected to grow from 95,000 to 140,000 by 2018 – an increase of 47%.