Blacktown will be one of the first local government areas in NSW to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia if the Labor Government is re-elected on September 7.
Greenway federal MP Michelle Rowland today told Clean-Pac Services workers in Seven Hill that the federal government had announced it would support this proposal.
“This means around 6600 people with disability, and 2600 carers in Blacktown will be among the next in NSW to benefit from DisabilityCare from mid-2016,’’ she said.
“DisabilityCare Australia will also expand the disability services sector in Blacktown meaning more local jobs.
“Here in Blacktown, there could be up to an extra 1300 skilled job opportunities for local workers.’’
Clean-Pac is a division of the Endeavour Foundation which provides employment opportunities to hundreds of people with disabilities.
She said DisabilityCare was a great Labor reform that would give people the peace of mind if they or a loved one had a significant and permanent disability.
“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 Blacktown local government area from July 2016,’’ Ms Rowland said.
She said Labor had 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 NSW.’’