NDIS to improve services

Michael Giuttari with City of Gosnells disability services co-ordinator Heather Cassey. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d405604
Michael Giuttari with City of Gosnells disability services co-ordinator Heather Cassey. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d405604

Mr Giuttari will be one of the many people nationwide to benefit from the scheme, which will provide people with a significant disability and their carers a personalised support program.

People who qualify will have access to DisabilityCare Australia’s community networks and individual planning processes.

City of Gosnells disability services co-ordinator Heather Cassey, who works with people who have a disability, such as Mr Giuttari, said the scheme would provide choice and control over the support each individual may need during their lives and certainty for the future for families and carers.

‘This is a positive step for service provision for people with disability and their families,’ she said.

People with Disability Australia president Craig Wallace said while details were still emerging it was good news for West Australians, especially as Premier Colin Barnett previously indicated he would not sign up to the scheme.

‘We understand DisabilityCare and WA’s individualised support pilot are to be trialled side by side in different jurisdictions. West Australians can now be confident of a sustainable funding pipeline for good disability supports as the resources boom slows,’ he said.