Tasmanian state budget supports disability sector
Importantly, this includes $660,000 for NDS over four years, recognising our important ongoing work as the peak body. There is also more than $1 million annually for advocacy organisations such as Speakout Advocacy, Advocacy Tas and the Association for Children with Disability.
In meeting an election promise, $1.2 million over four years is committed to establish the first ever Tasmanian Disability Services Commissioner.
$3.1 million over three years has been allocated to community services workforce development. This will include an industry awareness and recruitment campaign, 120 new trainers, governance scholarships and training, and a workforce ready fund.
The budget also includes $1.4 million over four years to boost the Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service, which will deliver three additional assessors.
Investigation into housing commitments will occur, however, no clear commitments for disability housing have been made.