Labor candidate for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, has welcomed the announcement that a re-elected Rudd Government would support the Hawkesbury to be one of the first locations in New South Wales to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.
“DisabilityCare is a great Labor reform that
will give local people the peace of mind that if they or loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support the need, when they need it,” Ms Templeman said.
“I’m very pleased by Labor’s announcement that a re-elected Rudd Government will work with the NSW Government to start delivering DisabilityCare in the Hawkesbury local government area from July 2016.
“This means around 1100 people with disability, and 500 carers in the Hawkesbury will be among the next in NSW to benefit from DisabilityCare from mid-2016.”
DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia, including the Hunter region. 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 the Hawkesbury, meaning more local jobs.
“Here in the Hawkesbury, there could be up to an extra 200 skilled job opportunities for local workers.
“Labor built Medicare. And now Labor is building DisabilityCare.”
“In contrast, Tony Abbott will make cuts to the bone which will hurt families and cut back on essential services that families in the Hawkesbury rely on.”
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 Labor is re-elected, the Commonwealth will contribute around $3.3 billion in 2018-19 to support people with disability in New South Wales.