Tuesday, 24 April 2012

People with disabilities to receive vouchers: NSW government discussion paper

The Australian newspaper reports this morning on a discussion paper on the delivery of person-centred services to be released today by the Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance:


People with a disability in NSW will be transferred to a voucher-style system in which they buy the support services they need, using funds from a personal account allocated by the state government.

The radical new "person-centred" approach to funding disability services will be outlined to 400 stakeholders in Sydney today by NSW Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance, who yesterday described the initiative as "one of the most significant reforms of the O'Farrell government".


"This is a critical step in the development of a National Disability Insurance Scheme, because it is about the individual planning and assessment and an individual funding agreement," Mr Constance told The Australian.


The changes, to be implemented by July 2014, are designed to increase the control disabled people have over their own lives and to cut the overall cost of disability support in NSW -- about $2 billion each year -- by increasing competition in the sector.


Read the full report by Imre Saluszinsky, The Australian's  NSW political reporter online here.

We will post a link to the discussion paper when it is made available.

26th April 2012: The discussion paper, Putting people with a disability at the centre of decision making is now available online in a number of formats:

Putting people with a disability at the centre of decision making is now available - standard English (.pdf)

Putting people with a disability at the centre of decision making is now available - easy English (.pdf)

Putting people with a disability at the centre of decision making - standard English, large print (.pdf)

Putting people with a disability at the centre of decision making - standard English (.rtf)

Other ADHC documents related to consultations on Person Centred Approaches are available from this page on the ADHC website

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