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UnitingCare Australia welcomes government focus on opportunity for people with a disability
December 4, 2008
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s proposal of a more flexible model for disability employment services that will cater to people’s individual needs.
The new model will see a reduction of red tape, stronger training incentives and uncapped services.
“The uncapping of services is critical and a demand-driven approach will enable us to meet the needs of the community,” said UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds.
“The Federal Government has clearly listened to the sector.”
Yesterday’s proposal comes after a number of improvements already made by this Government to Australia’s disability landscape.
“Last week’s COAG meeting saw the number of Specific Purpose Payments reduced from ninety to just five, said Lin Hatfield Dodds.
“To see National Disability Services identified as a priority at this level is a welcome recognition of the importance of addressing the needs of people with a disability.”
This year has seen the Federal Government move to protect the incomes of Disability Support Pensioners actively looking for work, ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and introduce measures into Parliament to start the process of including disabled access standards in the national building code.
“UnitingCare Australia commends the Government’s actions to date and looks forward to working closely together in continuing to achieve real social inclusion for people living with a disability.”