The NDIS Minister, Stuart Robert, announced on the 30th September that new funding and support will become available to young people with disability living in aged care.
This new scheme will inject $10.6m in the 2020-21 budget so coordinators are able to assist younger people find appropriate accommodation. The aim is to help younger people gain independence within the community.
‘The Australian Government is committed to ensuring no younger person needs to live in residential aged care,’ Mr Robert said.
Senator Colbeck went on to advise, ‘As part of the 2020-21 Budget, the Government is establishing a national network of up to 40 system coordinators to directly help younger people living in, or at risk of entry to, residential aged care,’
‘People who want to live on their own terms and with independence in the community will be supported to navigate Commonwealth and state and territory systems.
‘System coordinators will work with younger people and their families to support younger people to access the disability services, health services, housing and social supports they need.
The full media release can be found via the following link: https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/6376
More information regarding younger people in aged care can be found: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/programmes-services/for-people-with-disability/younger-people-with-disability-in-residential-aged-care-initiative