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LABOR WILL COMMIT TO THE NDIS AND DISABILITY SERVICES
LABOR WILL COMMIT TO THE NDIS AND  DISABILITY SERVICES

21 July 2016 - Territory Labor has today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting children and families through the release of its disability policy.

 

Territory Labor’s $32 million commitment to increase the assessment of children with challenging behaviours, support alternative pathways to education and increase supports in the classroom will improve our response to disability in the community.

 

This significant announcement includes:

 

  • $32 million over 4 years has been allocated to provide specialist support for students with a disability and tackle challenging behaviours.  This includes:
    • Increased assessment of students to understand underlying issues
    • Alternative pathways that engage students, in and out of classroom
    • Provide additional support through teachers’ assistants and other support staff such as allied health staff
  • A full rollout of MindMatters, which will help schools tackle bullying and develop smart strategies to support students with a disability.
  • 20 scholarships per year to attract Territory teachers to improve their skills in teaching children with a disability, including for autism, dyslexia and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. 

 

Territory Labor also reaffirmed that the Office of Disability within the Department of Health would be responsible for the planning and services development for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

 

“For too long, there has been a lack of willingness to accept responsibility for FASD in our community. Territory Labor accepts the challenge and will immediately commence the review and implementation of the Parliamentary Inquiry findings.” Ms Moss said.

 

“Territory Labor reaffirms its commitment to the NDIS through a dedicated Minister to oversee and work with the sector to make the transition as seamless as possible.

 

“Labor will establish a long term plan to enhance post school options for young Territorians with a disability. This includes but is not limited to education and employment options, and social and recreational programs.

 

“Acknowledging the reduced rates of people with a disability employed in the public service, Territory Labor will revise the Disability Employment Strategy and setting targets to achieve greater rates of employment throughout our society.

 

“In bringing back the Arafura Games, Labor will give para-athletes the opportunity to compete in an international sporting competition. We also hope the Arafura Games will once again be a recognized Paralympics qualifying event.”

 

Costings for Labor’s announcement are as follows:

 

Policy Initiative

$m

16/17

$m

17/18

$m

18/19

$m

19/20

 

TOTAL

Specialist support for Teachers, including MindMatters and Teacher scholarships

8.0

8.0

8.0

8.0

$32 million included in Education policy costings

 

** All other initiatives to be funded from within existing resources 

 

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