Extra disability funding

THE Regional Information and Advocacy Council has welcomed the state government's commitment to providing extra funding to disability services but says it won't assist greater systemic needs.

Disability Services Minister Mary Wooldridge yesterday announced about $190 million will be spent over the the next four years to improve services and reduce the disability support register waiting list.

Most of that money -$120 million - will be used to fund 658 individual support packages for people with disabilities to pay for supported accommodation, respite or a range of other chosen resources.

Mary Wooldridge

Mary Wooldridge

Ms Wooldridge said individual support packages provided people with flexible funding that empowered them to make their own choices about the services they employ.

RIAC chief executive Steven Doran said any extra funding to help people with disabilities was welcomed but more needed to be done.

He said there was a lack of supported living facilities, for instance, which would only be addressed by more houses being built.

"One of the things that often goes under the radar is ... there isn't the volume of accommodation available," he said.

He said these facilities often consisted of four or five-bedroom houses that were staffed by carers.

-With The Age

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