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Head of Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement Review appointed

A landmark review of the Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement (CSDA) is underway with today's appointment of Professor Anna Yeatman as Principal Consultant.

The Federal Minister for Human Services and Health, Carmen Lawrence, welcomed the appointment saying Professor Yeatman would make a significant contribution to the review and ultimately the future delivery of Commonwealth and State disability services.

"The review will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the provision of disability services through extensive consultation with people with a disability, their carers and families, and service providers," she said.

"The independent review will provide a sound basis to shape the future delivery of disability support services."

The CSDA is a five year agreement which sets out the relative roles and responsibilities of Commonwealth and State and Territory governments for administering disability support services.

The Agreement is aimed at eliminating overlap and duplication in government administration, and promoting equitable and efficient service delivery. The Agreement ends in June 1997.

The review was jointly commissioned by the Commonwealth and the State and Territory governments.

As Principal Consultant, Professor Yeatman will steer the review and report to relevant Ministers on its findings.

Professor Anna Yeatman, originally from South Australia, is currently Chair of Sociology at Macquarie University, and has worked in universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Further information:

Lee Emerson, HSH, 06 289 7836