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Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Member for Banks Daryl Melham


Federal Labor delivering DisabilityCare Australia for Sydney’s South West


Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin and Member for Banks Daryl Melham today visited Learning Links in Peakhurst to discuss the roll out of DisabilityCare to Sydney’s south west by Federal Labor.


Minister Macklin and Mr Melham met with families, carers and staff at Learning Links which helps children with disability and learning support needs.

“DisabilityCare will give families the peace of mind that if their child or loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support they need, when they need it,” Minister Macklin said.


Mr Melham said rolling out DisabilityCare would make a big difference for people with disability, their families and carers in Banks.


“DisabilityCare will benefit about 2,300 people with disability and about 900 local carers in Banks. It will also create up to 450 new jobs for disability workers.


“Federal Labor will continue to work closely with locals here in Banks over the next few years to make sure DisabilityCare is a reality.


“Residents sent a clear message today that they want the south west of Sydney to be one of the first regions in the state to benefit from the rollout of DisabilityCare.


“It’s a message I will make sure is heard in Canberra if Labor is elected in September.”


DisabilityCare launched in four locations across the country on 1 July this year, including in the Hunter region of New South Wales, and will be progressively rolled out across the rest of the state by July 2018.


Minister Macklin said Federal Labor built Medicare and is now building DisabilityCare.


“People already benefitting from DisabilityCare in the launch sites include a young man with an intellectual disability who now has the support he needs to live independently from his parents and take part in social activities,” Ms Macklin said.


“Also benefitting is a woman with a neurological disorder who can now move out of a nursing home and back into her own home.” 


Mr Melham said only Federal Labor could be trusted to build DisabilityCare for local residents.


“In contrast, Tony Abbott will make cuts to the bone which will hurt families and cut back on essential services that families in Sydney’s south-west rely on.


Under Federal Labor, the 2013-14 Budget delivered more than $14 billion over seven years to 2018-19 to roll out DisabilityCare Australia nationally, on top of existing Commonwealth disability funding.


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