PEACE OF MIND: Locals can expect to receive DisabilityCare help from 2016, Labor says. Photo: Thinkstock
PEACE OF MIND: Locals can expect to receive DisabilityCare help from 2016, Labor says. Photo: Thinkstock

Labor promises jobs and care

THE Northern Rivers will be among the next areas to benefit from the Federal Government's DisabilityCare program if Labor is elected.

Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin and local Labor MPs Janelle Saffin and Justine Elliot said the local government areas of Tweed, Lismore, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour would be in the first rollout of the NDIS from July 2016.

It is expected about 8700 people with a disability and 3400 carers in the region would benefit.

"DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia, including the Hunter. The rest of NSW will be rolled out from July 2016 until the entire State is covered by mid-2018 to support around 150,000 people with disability," Ms Macklin said.

Ms Saffin said it was a terrific announcement for the region that would create jobs as well as assisting families living with a disability.

Ms Elliot said DisabilityCare Australia would provide more support for people with a 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 they need when they need it," she said.

Labor plans to invest more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare by 2019.



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