Recognising excellence in the disability sector
Excellence, leadership and innovation in the non-government disability sector will be celebrated today at the Disability Sector Awards.
Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos said the State Government is proud to support the National Disability Services SA Biennial Disability Sector Awards.
Four awards will be presented including the Emerging Leader Award, Excellence in Community Engagement Award, Excellence in Cultural Change Award, and Innovative Practice Award.
The National Disability Services SA Biennial Disability Sector Awards will be presented at the Belair Park Country Club, Belair, from 12.30pm.
The awards celebrate and acknowledge individuals with leadership qualities who have been able to raise awareness and improve outcomes for people with disability.
They also recognise service providers which demonstrate ongoing commitment to the inclusion of people with disability in the community and innovation in service provision.
For further information about the awards, visit www.nds.org.au/.
In 2015 the South Australian and Commonwealth governments agreed on full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in South Australia from 2016.
To ensure we are ready to make this transition and to achieve the best result for the thousands of South Australians living with disability, the State Government is working closely with clients, non-government organisations, the Commonwealth and other state government departments, industry, stakeholders and the broader community.
Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos said:
The National Disability Service Awards are an opportunity to recognise the excellent work of our state's disability sector in supporting the social and economic participation of people with disability.
These awards highlight the dedication and hard work of many individuals and organisations that are making our community stronger through their work in the disability sector.
The South Australian disability sector is going through an exciting time as we roll out the NDIS.
The work of non-government disability providers in South Australia will become even more important as we move to the full NDIS, with around 6300 new jobs to be created in the sector.
The State Government will continue its support of the disability sector and has recently committed to extending funding to non-government providers over the next two years until the full transition to the NDIS.