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$10 million in additional support for people with disability and carers



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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Minister for Human Services Jan McLucas

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Amanda Rishworth

$10 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AND CARERS

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will provide an additional $10 million for a range of new initiatives to support people with disability, their carers and families, including funding to help make playgrounds accessible for children with disability, and greater support for carers.

Ms Macklin said the new initiatives build on Federal Labor’s unprecedented investments for people with disability and carers.

“Federal Labor is delivering DisabilityCare and we have provided more than $14 billion in additional funding over seven years to roll it out across the whole country by 2019,” Ms Macklin said.

“If re-elected, Federal Labor would provide $3 million to help make around 30 community playgrounds across the country inclusive for all children to enjoy.

“These playgrounds will help give children with disability the same opportunities as other children to play, explore and socialise. They will also allow parents and carers of children with disability to know they have a safe, accessible place to play.”

Local councils would be able to apply for grants up to $100,000 to build or upgrade the inclusive playgrounds from 1 July 2014.

Ms Rishworth said a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would also provide $1 million to support and expand the successful MyTime Peer Support program for Parents and Carers of Children with Disability.

“MyTime groups provide an opportunity for families and carers of children with disability to come together for support and to share information.

“This extra funding means Federal Labor would expand the MyTime program to up to 20 new locations that have also received funding for an accessible community playground.

“It would also boost funding for existing high needs MyTime groups, such as those that work with Indigenous people or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Ms Rishworth said.

Senator McLucas said Federal Labor would also provide an additional $1.5 million over three years to fund specialist counsellors for young carers.

“This would provide for new specialist counsellors to work directly with around 1,000 young carers each year. It builds on Federal Labor’s existing funding of around $4 million a year for the National Carer Counselling Program and the National Mental Health Counselling Program,” Senator McLucas said.

“Federal Labor is also committed to continuing to ensure people with disability have access to independent advocacy.

“We would provide an additional $1.5 million a year from 2014-15 for increased advocacy and representation services as we continue to roll out DisabilityCare across the country,” Senator McLucas said.

“Federal Labor believes people with disability, their families and carers deserve the same opportunities as other Australians to participate in the community, and access better education and employment opportunities so they can achieve their goals and aspirations,” Ms Macklin said.

“We are serious about giving people with disability and their carers a fair go. Just like Federal Labor delivered Medicare, Federal Labor will deliver DisabilityCare.”

Federal Labor’s 2013 federal election disability policy can be found at www.alp.org.au.

PERTH 30 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

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