Roger Jaensch,Minister for Disability Services and Community Development
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government strongly supports the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and is working in close partnership with people with disability and disability service providers to ensure Tasmanians benefit to the fullest extent from the Scheme.
We have demonstrated this commitment with a record investment of $1.04 billion in the 2019-20 State Budget and forward estimates towards the NDIS.
As part of the full transition to the NDIS, funding was provided to 13 Tasmanian organisations this year to ensure services continue for Tasmanians living with a disability until Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant rounds are announced from the NDIA.
With the NDIA announcing that funding for the majority of ILC programs is unlikely to commence before early 2020, the Tasmanian Government will provide $867,776 in one-off transitional funds to provide further certainty to the eligible Tasmanian ILC-type providers until 31 March 2020.
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government recognises the importance of these services to Tasmanians with a disability, along with their families, carers and the broader Tasmanian community.
This transitional funding extension will ensure ample opportunity for organisations to plan staffing and service provision beyond this year.
The organisations include Brain Injury Association of Tasmania, Visibility, Autism Tasmania, Multiple Sclerosis Limited, Expressions Australia and Paraquad Association of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government recognises the value of these support services and will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of Tasmanians with disability, their families and carers.