Disability advocacy organisations can apply for more than $13 million worth of contracts under the NSW government’s new Disability Advocacy Futures Program.

David Heskens

Disability services minister Alister Henskens says the program follows the recommendations of Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald’s 2019 review  of disability services.

“Advocacy empowers people to overcome barriers that affect their ability to participate in our community,” Mr Henskens said in a statement.

“The Commissioner’s report provided a blueprint for a contemporary and sustainable advocacy system and now organisations have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting new chapter.

“I look forward to seeing the innovation, collaboration and new ways of delivering support that this commissioning process will deliver.”

More than $13 million will be allocated to organisations across individual, systemic and representative advocacy types.

It will support the more than 1.4 million people with disability in NSW, not just those accessing services and supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“We’re working to create a more inclusive and accessible NSW that supports all people with disability to reach their full potential and these investments are testament to that,” Mr Heskens said.

Apply for the program here.

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