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Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Delivering DisabilityCare Australia for Dunkley

People with disability, their families and carers came together in Mornington today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, being rolled out across Victoria.

The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin visited Biala Peninsula to update local residents on the next steps to make DisabilityCare a reality in Mornington.

Ms Macklin said DisabilityCare launched in the Barwon region on 1 July this year, and will be progressively rolled out across Victoria by July 2019.

“I’m extremely pleased that the first weeks of the DisabilityCare Australia launch have been a success with many people with disability already receiving support under the new scheme,” Ms Macklin said.

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

“Once fully rolled out, DisabilityCare will provide around 100,000 people with significant and permanent disability in Victoria the care and support they deserve – including around 2900 people with disability here in the electorate of Dunkley.

“DisabilityCare will be especially important for local families with children with disability, as the scheme has a strong focus on early intervention support.

“We know early intervention services like physiotherapy, speech therapy and support for learning difficulties are critical in giving children the best possible start in life.

“DisabilityCare will mean children with disability get the right support early in their lives so they can reach their full potential as adults.”

The 2013-14 Federal Budget provided $14.3 billion over seven years to 2018-19 to roll out DisabilityCare Australia nationally, on top of existing Commonwealth disability funding.

For more information and to receive updates on DisabilityCare Australia visit www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au