NDS WA presents its 2015/16 Annual Report
NDS WA is pleased to present its 2015/16 Annual Report, which was presented at the Annual Members Meeting on 5 October 2016.
The past year has been one of profound change for the disability sector in Western Australia. Some of the key achievements and milestones for NDS WA and the WA disability sector have included:
- Passing of the Motor Vehicle (Catastrophic Injuries) Bill 2016 in State Parliament and bipartisan support to introduce the Catastrophic Injuries Support Scheme (CISS) on 1 July 2016.
- The Commonwealth and State Government’s joint commitment to the expansion and extension of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in WA.
- The State Government’s commitment of $944.9 million to the disability sector in the 2016-17 State Budget, representing a 118 percent increase since 2008.
- Public recognition of NDS WA for its outstanding partnership with the Disability Services Commission (DSC) for the development of the $2 million Changing Places Network across the state.
- The purchase of a new NDS WA office to provide an accessible, inclusive facility and services to better respond to the future requirements of the growing WA disability services sector.
- Significantly contributing to policy development and advocacy at both a national and state level, with the centerpiece for state level advocacy being the Pre-Budget Submission as well as policy papers and submissions, policy forums and research seminars.
- Actively supported the development and sustainability of the WA disability services sector through projects such as Quality and Safeguarding, Outcomes Recording and Reporting, Safer Services Research, Ticket to Work and Supporting Young People with Disability to Transition to Employment.
- Hosted the 2015 NDS WA Lunch in celebration of International Day of People with Disability. Attended by almost 500 people, the Lunch showcased and celebrated the abilities and achievements of West Australians with disability.
- Hosted the 2016 NDS WA Conference, Shaping the Future – Preparing for Change. Attended by a record number of 550 people, the Conference was based around topics of importance and relevance at a time of unprecedented change and major reform.
- Hosted the 2016 Disability Support Awards. A record number of almost 150 nominations were received and was attended by a record number of 760 people. The Awards showcased the impact of quality support on the lives of people with disability and raised the profile of the sector.
- Since 2011, provided 597 small grants of up to $10,000 through the Community Living and Participation Grants program to support people with disability and local community groups.
- Supported over 11,000 people with disability through the Companion Card program.
- Issued 45,000 new and renewed Australian Disability Parking Permits, bringing the total to 77,200 WA permits in circulation.
NDS WA appreciates the active involvement of our member organisations in the work we do. This enables us to strongly represent the disability sector in WA.