Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Disability self-help and advocacy group finds a new home

    19/06/2019 4:15 PM
    • New highly accessible West Perth premises for People with Disabilities WA
    • PWdWA has received $1.5 million in Government funding for 2018-19 

    Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially opened the new offices of advocacy service provider People with Disabilities WA (PWdWA) in West Perth.


    PWdWA provides individual advocacy services across the State and is the lead agency in a consortium of providers that also includes Sussex Street Community Law Services and Advocacy WA.


    The agency assists people with disability by standing beside them to ensure they are able to speak out, express their views and insist on their rights.


    The new premises are located close to accessible trains and CAT buses, with ACROD parking bays and accessible bathroom and shower facilities.


    The Government has provided $1.5 million in funding to PWdWA through the Department of Communities - Disability Services for 2018-19, including recurrent funding and grants under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program.


    Lotterywest funding has assisted with the fit-out and allowed PWdWA to create a vibrant and contemporary feel in a refurbished space.


    In June 2019, PWdWA was among a number of funded organisations that received an additional grant of $250,000 from the Government to address growing wait lists.


    PWdWA was launched as a disability self-help group in 1981 and has been operating from Oasis Lotteries House in Nedlands for the past 25 years. It now boasts 15 part-time staff.


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "People with Disabilities WA's services are critical during this rapidly changing national disability system.


    "The new premises are much more accessible by public transport for people with disability, with the added benefit of being closer to other organisations that work closely with PWdWA.


    "Reducing barriers to social and economic inclusion remains a priority for the State Government.


    "Towards the end of this year we expect to launch our State Disability Plan, which will underpin all State Government initiatives and both support and empower people with disability over the coming decade."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800