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$1.2M funding for systemic advocacy in WA announced

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10/10/2018

The McGowan Government has announced $1.2M of funding for systemic advocacy over the next two years, aiming for long-term change to safeguard the rights of people with disability during transition to the full-scheme NDIS.

The Department of Communities has undertaken extensive research and consultation with stakeholders in the sector to develop the systemic disability advocacy approach for Western Australia.

Julie Waylen, NDS WA State Manager said, "NDS has been involved in this consultation and has emphasised the important role NDS and the sector play in systemic advocacy. NDS is widely respected for its robust policy development, analysis, and representation of the sector and the interests of people with disability. The centrepiece of this is our Pre-Budget Submission, developed in consultation with NDS members and sector stakeholders."

The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment and Disability Services said: "In funding this initiative, the McGowan Government is seeking to bring about positive change in the sector and ensure the rights of people with disability are attained and upheld, particularly during transition to the NDIS.

“The NDIS is the most significant social reform of our time and we need to ensure that it works for Western Australians.

"There are, however, a range of other factors aside from the NDIS impacting on the lives of people with disability and their families, and well-resourced systemic advocacy can contribute to early identification of these issues and good public policy."

You can register your interest for the funding here. The registration of interest process closes on Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

For further information, see the Minister’s Media Statement.

NDS will launch its 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission on Monday, 22 October. NDS Members can register to attend the event.

Contact information
Julie Waylen, State Manager, 08 9208 9805,