DisabilityCare launch a landmark day for South Australians with disability
Parents of South Australian children living with disability will begin to receive greater support and improved access to services, with the official start of the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia.
Minister for Disabilities Tony Piccolo said the launch of DisabilityCare Australia in South Australia heralded the beginning of a major step forward in the provision of disability services.
Mr Piccolo this morning attended a function at disability service provider Novita Children’s Services to celebrate the beginning of the South Australian Launch site for DisabilityCare Australia.
“Today is a landmark moment for South Australians living with disability,” he said.
“It marks the first step on the way to the full implementation of a significant reform that will empower and support those many thousands of South Australians who are living with disability.
“For parents of children with a disability, this initial launch of DisabilityCare Australia will make it easier for them to secure the equipment and the supports they need to help ensure their children lead rich, fulfilling lives.
“I’m proud that South Australia was the first state to sign up to DisabilityCare Australia, and one of the first states to commit to the full roll out of this significant reform.”
Mr Piccolo said a staged approach will be taken for the implementation of the scheme, with children aged from birth to two transitioned over the first three months, extending to children aged five over the following nine months.
"It's especially fitting that we are celebrating the launch of DiasbilityCare Australia at an organisation like Novita Children’s Services,” he said.
“Novita is one of many South Australian organisations that is making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many young people living with disability.
"The introduction of DisabilityCare Australia will give parents greater confidence that their children will be receive the most appropriate support, and get the most out of life.
“DisabilityCare Australia takes a lifelong approach to providing care and support, with an emphasis on intensive early intervention.
“It’s about ensuring people living with disability get the right supports earlier.
“The three year launch focuses on children to ensure we provide every chance to every child, by giving young people the support they need to live and thrive.
“It’s about giving this generation of young South Australians living with disability and those that follow greater support and greater opportunities to live their lives to the fullest.
“Over the coming 12 months, we anticipate more than 1,500 children in metropolitan and regional areas will be included in the scheme – with that number extending to over 5,000 young South Australians aged from birth to 14 by the end of 2015-16.”
The 2013-14 State Budget has set out South Australia’s full funding commitment of $3.6 billion over six years in preparation for the full commencement of DisabilityCare in 2018.
The total South Australian Government funding for disability services in 2013-14 is $509 million, with total State and Federal Government funding for DisabilityCare Australia to reach more than $1.4 billion a year in 2018-19, when the full scheme is implemented.
For further information visit http://www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/ or phone the national helpline on 1800 800 110.