14 Aug 2014
NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka this evening welcomed the passage of the Disability Inclusion Bill through the NSW Parliament, which sets in place a legacy of inclusion and protection for people with disability during and following the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The legislation will replace the Disability Services Act 1993 that has been in place for the past 21 years.
“This legislation was shaped by feedback received during an extensive state-wide consultation process conducted over the past few years involving thousands of people across NSW,” Mr Ajaka said.
“The outcome of this legislation passing both houses will be a positive and significant impact on the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.
“I am thrilled that Parliament has supported this landmark legislation which includes a definition of disability that is based on that in the United Nations Convention – it was designed to put people with disability at the centre of decision-making, giving them greater choice and control over the supports they receive.
“Although the Disability Services Act was progressive when it was introduced in 1993, it does not reflect our new approach to disability services which focuses on helping people with disability live more independently.
“While the new legislation isn’t part of the NDIS it will help support the smooth transition of disability services in NSW to the NDIS.
“The legislation will also amend the Ombudsman’s Act 1974 to ensure serious incidents involving the abuse or neglect of people with disability living in government funded or operated disability accommodation services are reported to the NSW Ombudsman.”
For more information on the Disability Inclusion Bill go to: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/dia