The NSW government has invested $30 million into the disability advocacy sector to help people with disability access services.
The Disability Advocacy Futures Program will begin on January 1 and will support more than 1.4 million people with disability in NSW.
It will have three core advocacy services, including individual disability advocacy to assist individuals to access services and supports, systemic disability advocacy to address systemic issues and representative disability advocacy involving membership organisations.
Eighteen organisations have been contracted to deliver the program.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said there are many people in the community who need help accessing the services they require.
“Advocacy helps people overcome barriers that affect their ability to participate in our community, connecting them with organisations and providers who can assist them,” he said in a statement.
“This investment fulfils the intent of the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner’s review into the disability advocacy sector, creating a contemporary and sustainable system that supports people with disability to access the services they need.”
Physical Disability Council NSW, the peak body for people with physical disability across the state, has been part of the consultation for the program.
CEO Serena Ovens said the best outcomes for people with disability are achieved through co-design and collaboration.
“The Disability Advocacy Futures Program provides an opportunity to set up NSW as a leader in ensuring that people with disability can realise their rights, both as citizens and community members,” she said in a statement.