Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    CAP funding for people living with a disability

    23/11/2006 6:42 PM

    Another 72 Western Australians living with a disability have received nearly $3.6million of support and therapy in the recently announced funding round.

    The Combined Application Process (CAP) funds granted $2.27million for accommodation support, $1.14million for intensive family support and $186,000 for alternatives to employment.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae said the funding was the latest assessed by the independent evaluation panel, made up of a person with a disability, parent of a person living with a disability, a service provider representative, a consumer advocate and a senior Disability Services Commission staff member.

    “A total of 3,500 Western Australians get annual accommodation support from the State Government,” Mr McRae said.

    ”These latest grants are drawn from the record $174million allocated by the Carpenter Government on accommodation support and the $273million spent each year.”

    CAP is one of the key methods of distributing Government assistance to people with disabilities, who are then able to purchase support services such as accommodation and respite, from more than 100 disability services providers in WA.

    People who miss out on funding in this CAP round are all able to access other Government funded services, including more than 100 community organisations providing specialist help.

    The WA Government is recognised as the Australian leader in disability services funding.

    At the end of this term, the WA Labor Government will have more than doubled the budget for disability services and support.

    “Although we are increasing funding to disability services, WA is not receiving its fair share from the Howard Government,” the Minister said.

    “People living with a disability in WA receive just $50million from the Howard Government.

    “Even worse is the fact that a Western Australian with a disability receives just 80 per cent of what other Australians get from the Federal Government.

    “That means WA is missing out on $13million every year on its fair share of funding from Canberra.

    “This $13million would make a very real difference to meeting accommodation shortfalls, increase therapy and provide more respite.

    “It is time people with a disability got their fair share from the Federal Government.”

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