Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, launched the awards at the National Disability Services (NDS) annual state conference in Sydney.
“We are in the midst of the single biggest reform to disability services in NSW, with the system as we know it going to look vastly different following the expansion of person-centred approaches and individualised funding models,” Mr Constance said.
“A change of this magnitude requires the disability services sector to think differently and innovatively about how we approach the delivery of services in order to best respond to the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers.”
“The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards program will showcase and reward individuals and service providers that truly think outside the box in order to achieve real and lasting outcomes for people with a disability.”
The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards are an initiative of the NSW Government in partnership with National Disability Services NSW.
The particular focus of these strategies is a commitment to implementing a person-centred service system in NSW where people with a disability are at the centre of decision making, and community based non-government providers have the necessary systems and capabilities in place to make the changes that will be required.
The award categories cover innovation in getting positive outcomes for people with a disability and in organisational change.
More information about award categories and the nomination process can be found here on the NDS website. Nominations close COB on Friday, 20 April 2012. Winners will be decided by an independent judging panel comprising industry professionals.
An awards ceremony will be held in June at Parliament House Sydney.
Source: ADHC Media Release