Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Health check for disability sector.

    23/08/2006 2:30 PM

    Western Australia now has the best disability sector in the nation because of unrivalled public and private support.

    The State Government has increased funding to the sector by 64 per cent or $273million over the past five years.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae has established a sector health check to ensure the massive increase in State Government funding is being used effectively and efficiently.

    “It is my job to make sure the services to people with disabilities are delivered in the most effective, efficient and equitable way possible, whether that delivery is by the Disability Services Commission or by WA’s non-Government organisations,” Mr McRae said.

    “In two years’ time, we will have more than doubled the funding in this sector since coming to office in 2001.

    “We need to make sure the money is reaching the areas of most need, so we can continue to make a difference to the lives of people living with disabilities.

    “The panel overseeing the health-check will call for community submissions and engage in discussion on possible reforms with representatives of the NGO sector.”

    Disability Services Commission chair Barry MacKinnon, Brightwater Care Group CEO Dr Penny Flett, Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre executive officer Ms Jenny Au Yeong and the commission’s director general, Dr Ruth Shean, would supervise the health check.

    The sector health check would be completed in time for findings to be implemented next year.

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