Labor pledges to roll out DisabilityCare in Bendigo

Bendigo would become one of the first locations in Victoria to receive the DisabilityCare Australia program if the federal Labor government is re-elected.

About 2400 people with disabilities and 1000 carers in Bendigo would benefit from mid-2016.

Labor candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters welcomed this morning's announcement at Continuing Education Bendigo.

"Labor built Medicare and now Labor is building DisabilityCare," Ms Chesters said.

"DisabilityCare will give all Australians the peace of mind that if they or their loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support they deserve, when they need it.

"I'm very pleased by Labor's announcement that a re-elected Rudd government will work with the Victorian government to start delivering DisabilityCare in the Greater Bendigo local government area from July 2016." 

DisabilityCare Australia's Bendigo roll-out would also expand disability services and create more jobs in the region, Ms Chesters said.

"Here in the City of Greater Bendigo there could be up to an extra 500 skilled job opportunities for local workers," she said.

DisabilityCare Australia has been launched at four sites across Australia, including Victoria's Barwon region.

The program would be rolled-out across the rest of Victoria from mid-July until mid-2019 under a re-elected Labor Government, the party's press release said.

Labor would spend more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

A further $2.6 billion would be spent between 2019-20 to support people with a disability in Victoria.

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