Mar 20, 2015

Labor’s position on disability services

NSW Labor Leader, Luke Foley has made the following statement in relation to disability services.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a Labor policy and its implementation is a great Labor achievement.

The NDIS would never have come to fruition without the ALP. Labor understands that at the heart of the NDIS is a belief in the right of self-determination for people with disabilities – that they should have choice and control over which services they use and which provider they choose.

In its Heads of Government Agreement with the Commonwealth for the NDIS, the NSW Liberal Government made the decision to withdraw from all state service provision in NSW. This was not a decision that was made by every state government. For example South Australia will continue to provide some services and Western Australia is also retaining some of its state provision of homecare services.

Labor is opposed to the approach of the Baird Government and supports the social benefit of a broad and diverse mix of ageing and disability service providers, including the continuing role of the public sector as a provider of front-line disability and home care services.

ADHC is responsible for many people with disabilities with complex needs and has played a role as provider of last resort. Labor supports the role of non-government sector in providing disability, ageing and home care services. However, the provision of public sector disability care in NSW should remain as a critical safety net and a benchmark for industry standards and should continue to ensure the availability of quality disability services, especially in regional NSW.

NSW Labor believes the NSW State Government cannot wash its hands of its responsibilities to people with disabilities in this state. We believe that there should still be a Minister who is responsible for ensuring that the barriers preventing people with disabilities from flourishing in our communities are broken down. We cannot walk away from ensuring that quality services and proper accountability are at the heart of disability service provision.

It is our belief is that people with disabilities should make the choice about which service provider delivers the supports they require – whether that be an NGO or state government service.

Luke Foley
NSW Labor Leader
Office of the NSW Opposition Leader

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