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Rudd Labor Government announces next roll out locations of DisabilityCare Australia in NSW

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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin


The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin today announced the locations in New South Wales that a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would support to be the next to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

These proposed locations are a mix of metropolitan and regional areas including the North Coast, Port Macquarie, the Central Coast, Western Sydney, Southern Sydney, the Hills District, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Bathurst, Mudgee and Queanbeyan.

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government would work with the NSW State Government to roll out DisabilityCare in these locations from mid-2016.

The roll out to these locations would benefit around 65,000 people with disability.

DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia, including the Hunter region in NSW. The rest of NSW will be progressively rolled out from July 2016 until the entire State is covered by mid-2018 to support around 150,000 people with disability.

DisabilityCare Australia will also significantly expand the disability services sector in NSW, providing new, skilled job opportunities for Australian workers.

Expert advice commissioned by the Rudd Labor Government estimates that DisabilityCare could more than double the disability workforce between now and 2020.

Across New South Wales this is expected to create up to 26,000 jobs.

Labor built Medicare. And now Labor is building DisabilityCare.

DisabilityCare will give all Australians the peace of mind that if they or a loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support they need, when they need it.

DisabilityCare Australia will provide more support to people with disability and more choice and control over how they receive that support.

The Federal Labor Government has invested more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

If Labor is re-elected, the Commonwealth will contribute around $3.3 billion in 2018-19 to support people with disability in New South Wales.

Local Government Areas to be covered by this commitment are:

 North Coast - Tweed, Lismore, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour.

 Mid North Coast - Port Macquarie-Hastings.

 Central Coast - Wyong and Gosford.

 Sydney - the Hills Shire, Auburn, Hurstville, Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Penrith, Parramatta, Sutherland Shire, Holroyd and Wollondilly.

 Blue Mountains and region - Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Bathurst Regional, Mid-Western Regional.

 Queanbeyan.


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