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Penrith Home For NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Source: Dan Tehan MP Minister For Social Services, Marise Payne Minister For Defence Liberal Senator For Western Sydney
Archived 5 Aug 2018 - Posted: 6 Jun 2018
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne with Melissa Stratton, Sara Dubs, CEO Belinda Colombrita and Moneka Richards from Thorndale Foundation.
Senator for Western Sydney and Minister for Defence Marise Payne today joined Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan in Penrith for the official opening of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The Commission will create 160 new local jobs in Penrith and will ensure local and all Australian NDIS participants receive quality services from providers and workers under the NDIS.

Mr Tehan said half of all expected NDIS participants in NSW live in Sydney, of which a high proportion live in Western Sydney.

“Penrith is the ideal location for the Commission’s critical work,” Mr Tehan said. “The location also presents an excellent opportunity for growth in the local disability sector.”

Senator Payne welcomed the milestone announcement for the NDIS in Western Sydney. “This is an important initiative and a significant acknowledgement of the importance of both Penrith and Western Sydney to the Government. It also demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring we provide the highest quality service through the NDIS at a local level, as well as creating 160 more jobs for the people of Western Sydney,” Senator Payne said.

The NDIS provider job market in NSW is set to double from almost 30,000 full-time equivalent positions in 2016 to almost 59,000 full-time equivalent positions in 2019.

The Commission will focus on education, capacity building and development, but it will also have compliance and enforcement powers.

The Turnbull Government allocated $209 million in the 2017-18 Budget for the establishment and operations of the Commission over four years. The Commission will take over functions currently performed by each state and territory as they reach full scheme.

The Commission’s head office and its NSW and SA state offices will be operational from July 2018.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne and Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan with NDIS Commissioner Designate, Graeme Head; Penrith City Council Deputy Mayor, Tricia Hitchen and Thorndale Foundation CEO, Belinda Colombrita.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne and Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan speak with an NDIS Commission employee.
Penrith City Council Mayor, John Thain; NDIS Commissioner Delegate, Graeme Head; Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan; Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne; Penrith City Council Deputy Mayor, Tricia Hitchen and Melissa Stratton and Sara Dubs from Thorndale Foundation.
Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan; Thorndale Foundation CEO, Belinda Colombrita; Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne and Sara Dubs, Melissa Stratton and Moneka Richards from Thorndale Foundation.
 
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