NDIS is 'transforming lives' for south-west Sydney residents

NDIS participant Naylan Watson shares a laugh with Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at Settlement Services International's Liverpool office on Thursday. Picture: Chris Lane
NDIS participant Naylan Watson shares a laugh with Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward at Settlement Services International's Liverpool office on Thursday. Picture: Chris Lane

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is "transforming the lives" of people and giving them genuine choice and control over the services and supports they receive.

Mr Ward visited Settlement Services International's Liverpool office on Thursday to coincide with International Day of People with Disability and met NDIS participants like Fairfield resident Naylan Watson.

The 36-year-old has benefited from a support worker to help assist in daily tasks and go on outings.

As a Local Area Coordinator, SSI supports people access the NDIS and other mainstream services in the community with a strong focus on the region's culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The NDIS is supporting more than 17,000 participants in south-west Sydney.

"In South Western Sydney, almost a quarter of all participants are from culturally of linguistically diverse backgrounds, or identify as Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander. SSI is well equipped to support these communities and I'm confident they'll deliver great outcomes for people with disability," Mr Ward said.

SSI chief executive Violet Roumeliotis said since the successful introduction of the their Ability Links (2014) and Future Ability (2015) programs more than 25,000 people across diverse communities in NSW have received support and information to help them to achieve "social and economic inclusion."

"SSI could not have achieved this significant feat without its strong community ties, industry expertise and a solid reputation," she said.

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons said: "Not only is the NDIS delivering great social outcomes for people across the region, it's also driven enormous economic benefits for the community services sector, creating more jobs and opportunities for locals."