Today – people with disability in the Hunter electorate have cause for celebration – the NDIS is coming in 2016.

People with disability, their carers and families in Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Shire Local Government Areas will benefit from the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from June 2016. The NDIS will become available for residents in the Mid-Western Region from July 2017.

Maitland has had access to the NDIS since 2013 as they formed part of the NDIS trail site in NSW.

This is great news for people with disability in the local community, their carers and families.

I know many local residents with disability have waited their whole life to get the care and support they need.

Today’s announcement is a huge breakthrough for people with disability in the Hunter electorate.

Now they have the certainty of knowing when they’ll be able to access services as part of the NDIS.

Finally, people with disability will have their needs met in a way that supports them to live with choice and dignity.

Labor created the NDIS so we know what this means for people with disability.

We know that the current system of disability support is broken and needs to be fixed.

We know how the NDIS will transform lives. Already, more than 17,000 people with disability across Australia.

I look forward to seeing it continue to change the lives of people with disability in Hunter.

To check eligibility for the NDIS visit: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.

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