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North Coast one of the first places in New South Wales to benefit from DisabilityCare

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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Member for Page Janelle Saffin

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot

Candidate for Cowper Alfredo Navarro


The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Labor Member for Page Janelle Saffin today met with local people with disability and service providers in Ballina to talk about Labor’s commitment to support the North Coast to be amongst the first locations in New South Wales to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

Minister Macklin said a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would work with the New South Wales Government to start DisabilityCare in the local government areas of Tweed, Lismore, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour from July 2016.

“This means around 8,700 people with disability and 3,400 carers across these local government areas will be among the next in New South Wales to benefit from DisabilityCare from mid-2016.

“DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia, including the Hunter region in New South Wales. The rest of New South Wales 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.”

Ms Saffin said local people would celebrate being among the next in New South Wales to benefit from DisabilityCare.

“I have advocated for people with disability and their families on the North Coast to be the next to benefit from DisabilityCare in New South Wales and I am so pleased that Federal Labor has committed to deliver this.

“Federal Labor built Medicare. And now Federal Labor is building DisabilityCare.”

Ms Saffin said bringing DisabilityCare Australia to the North Coast would create new jobs - both in DisabilityCare Australia and the broader disability services sector according to expert analysis received by the Rudd Government.

“To support the roll out, a re-elected Rudd Government would propose a large DisablityCare regional office be established in Lismore, which would employ up to 70 staff.

“And across the North Coast local government areas, the expansion of the disability service sector could mean up to an extra 1,700 skilled job opportunities for local workers.

“In contrast, Tony Abbott will make cuts to the bone which will hurt families and cut back on essential services that families on the North Coast rely on.”

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

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

Mr Navaro said the announcement is good news for people with disabilities, their families and carers in the electorate of Cowper.

“DisabilityCare Australia is a historic labor reform that will make a real difference to the support that people with disability will receive locally.”

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

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


Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600