Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation in Broken Hill has received $20,000 in Federal Government assistance to support its transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The organisation is one of the successful recipients sharing in $9 million under the second round of Transition Assistance Funding, through the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, who met with Maari Ma representatives today, said the grants are designed to support a skilled and sustainable NDIS workforce in communities across the country.
“These funds will help Maari Ma Health transition to the market-driven NDIS model, and I’m very pleased the Broken Hill community stands to benefit,” Mr Coulton said.
“The NDIS provides a great opportunity for local businesses, and these grants will give them a hand up when it comes to having the tools and capabilities needed to deliver first-class support to NDIS participants.”
Mr Coulton said local providers can also choose to use the funding for tailored business advice and other one-on-one support that will help them to transition from block funding to the consumer-driven model of the NDIS.
“These business improvements will ultimately empower people with disability by providing them with more choice when it comes to support options,” he said.
The objective of the Transition Assistance Funding is to help providers transition to the NDIS while also creating more jobs in the disability and aged care sectors, particularly within regional, rural and outer metropolitan areas across Australia.
Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, said the Australian Government is committed to building a sustainable NDIS provider market that is ready to support the needs of participants now and long into the future.
“It is vital we support a strong and well-skilled provider market across Australia to deliver the services that NDIS participants need,” Minister Robert said.
For more information on the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Transition Assistance Funding, see blcw.dss.gov.au