Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Disability service providers get ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Sixty-four organisations will receive grants of up to $30,000 from the Australian Government to help them get ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said the NDIS Readiness Fund is part of the Australian Government’s $3.1 million investment to help Australian Disability Enterprises prepare for reform.

“A National Disability Insurance Scheme will significantly change how we deliver disability care and support across the country,” Senator McLucas said.

“We want all areas of the disability sector to be ready to make the change, including our Australian Disability Enterprises, which employ more than 20,000 Australians with disability.

“These grants will help Australian Disability Enterprises, including smaller, regional businesses, prepare for the changes by helping with the costs of new upgrades to computer software and information technology, training and information services, and new equipment.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the sector is well supported as we move towards this historic reform.

“We’ve established a new expert group to consider the challenges facing our disability workforce and sector and help us find the best ways to make sure they are well prepared to make the transition.

“We want Australians with disability, their families and carers to start benefiting from an NDIS as quickly as possible, because we understand how long people have waited for change.

“An NDIS will mean that for the first time, Australians with significant and permanent disability will receive care and support over their lifetime, regardless of how they acquired their disability.

“The Australian Government will deliver $1 billion over four years to start rolling out the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“From the middle of next year, people with disability, their families and carers in selected sites around the country will start to receive care and support through an NDIS.

“The Government will provide support to about 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities across the country from mid-2013, and this will expand to about 20,000 people from the middle of 2014.

In addition to the NDIS Readiness Fund, the Australian Government’s $3.1 million support package for ADEs includes corporate governance training for boards, management and staff to enhance understanding of an NDIS and its impact on the workplace.


Organisation Grant (exc. GST)
The Ascent Group Australia Ltd, Armidale, NSW $30,000
Blue Mountains Disability Services Limited, Springwood, NSW $20,331
Caringa Enterprises Ltd, South Grafton, NSW $20,000
Challenge Tweed Inc, Murwillumbah, NSW $30,000
Challenge Southern Highlands Inc, Welby, NSW $12,000
Disability Services Australia Limited, Condell Park, NSW $30,000
Eurella Community Services Incorporated, Burwood, NSW $25,000
Glen Industries, Glen Innes, NSW $29,385
Glenray Industries, Bathurst, NSW $30,000
Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises Ltd, Gunnedah, NSW $10,000
Illawarra Disability Trust, Fairy Meadow, NSW $30,000
Jewish Care, Bondi Junction, NSW $15,000
Kalianna Enterprises Inc, Albury, NSW $6,000
Katia Project Inc, Byron Bay, NSW $5,400
Kurri Kurri Community Centre Incorporated, Kurri Kurri, NSW $11,880
Lambing Flat Enterprises, Young, NSW $27,660
Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home, Pymble, NSW $25,000
Mamre Plains Ltd, St Marys, NSW $30,000
Ningana Enterprises Inc, Griffith, NSW $29,850
On Track Community Programs Ltd , Tweed Heads, NSW $27,274
Silverlea Employment and Training Service Inc, Broken Hill, NSW $20,021
Slice of Life (Aust.) Pty Limited, North Nowra, NSW $23,400
The Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George Ltd, Arncliffe, NSW $30,000
Tulgeen Group, Bega, NSW $9,630
Wangarang Industries Limited, Orange, NSW $6,000
Willing and Able Foundation Ltd, Port Macquarie, NSW $14,400
Windara Communities Limited, Casino, NSW $14,000
Windgap Foundation Limited, Eastlakes, NSW $25,121
Yumaro Incorporated, Moruya, NSW $7,500
Bendigo Access Employment Inc, Bendigo, Vic $25,000
Colac Adult and Community Education Inc, Colac, Vic $29,604
Community AXIS Enterprises Inc, Horsham, Vic $30,000
Connect GV, Shepparton, Vic $30,000
Creative Opportunities, Brunswick, Vic $12,500
Knoxbrooke Incorporated, Ferntree Gully, Vic $26,364
Latrobe Valley Enterprises, Morwell, Vic $26,850
McCallum Disability Services Inc, Alfredton, Vic $30,000
Murray Human Services Inc, Echuca, Vic $14,300
Noweyung Ltd, Bairnsdale, Vic $30,000
Outlook (Vic) Inc, Packenham, Vic $27,000
Peter Harcourt Disability Services Limited, Bendigo, Vic $25,000
St Laurence Community Services Inc, Lara, Vic $28,500
Vatmi Industries, Kew, Vic $18,700
VincentCare Victoria, Box Hill, Vic $30,000
Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, New Farm, Qld $30,000
Endeavour Foundation, Cannon Hill, Qld $30,000
Help Enterprises, Eagle Farms, Qld $15,000
Horizon Foundation Inc, Capalaba, Qld $12,000
House with No Steps, Narrabeen, NSW $29,500
Karakan Hostels, Underwood, Qld $10,000
Multicap, Eight Mile Plains, Qld $30,000
Peace Lutheran Church, Gatton, Qld $27,895
South Burnett CTC Inc, Kingaroy, Qld $25,000
Barkuma Inc, Adelaide, SA $30,000
Finding Workable Solutions Inc, Victor Harbor, SA $25,283
Minda Incorporated, Brighton, SA $30,000
Orana Inc, Netley, SA $30,000
Phoenix Society Inc, Torrensville, SA $10,000
Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Inc, Adelaide, SA $30,000
Activ Foundation Inc, Wembley, WA $19,900
Intework Inc, Osborne, WA $30,000
Cerebral Palsy Tasmania, New Town, Tas $30,000
Self Help Workshop Inc, Youngtown, Tas $30,000
Koomarri, Phillip, ACT $20,000