Access to NDIS gets smoother, vows Ajaka

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka with Jason Fullford, the 2000th NDIS participant, Member for Newcastle Tim Owen and Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield.

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka with Jason Fullford, the 2000th NDIS participant, Member for Newcastle Tim Owen and Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield.

Illawarra people with a disability, their parents and carers, will have a smoother transition to the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS), thanks to measures in the state budget.

That's the word from John Ajaka, Minister for the Illawarra and for Disability Services, who said $587 million had been committed to the Ready Together program in the 2014-15 budget to support this sector.

"This year's disability services budget contains a 7.2 per cent boost in funding to enable people with disability, their families and carers, and their service providers to transition seamlessly to the NDIS," he said.

"Ready Together funding gives clients more choice and control to decide what services they most want.

"It better prepares clients for the NDIS as it is similarly individualised according to people's needs."

Mr Ajaka also announced a reshaped $6 million program to support and promote employment of workers with a disability in NSW over the next three years.

"The Disability Employment Strategy will build the capacity of businesses to employ people with disability and also provide employment support for adults with intellectual disability by developing valuable skills needed for employment."

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