Supporting Tasmanians With Disability Wed 5 September 2012 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, said a community forum in Glenorchy provided a valuable chance to hear how Government can work with the community sector to support Tasmanians with Disability. Ms O'Connor said today's forum was organised by the Minister's Disability Advisory Committee, which provides advice to Government on issues affecting people with disability, their families and carers. "We are committed to doing all we can to support Tasmanians with disability, and these forums provide an opportunity to hear directly from them about the issues confronting them," she said. "While there is still a level of unmet need, the Tasmanian and Australian Governments have been able to commit a record $175 million to disability services this financial year - a significant investment in supporting Tasmanians with disability, their families and their carers." Ms O'Connor said the Tasmanian Government was continuing to work with both the Commonwealth and the community sector ahead of the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. "The decision to base a launch site for the NDIS in Tasmania has been welcome news for Tasmanians, and will provide significant support for about 1000 Tasmanians with disability aged between 15 and 24," she said. "Our commitment of nearly $20 million for this age group - including $2 million of additional funding - has helped secure Tasmania's position as a launch site for this very important reform." "However, there is still plenty of work to do ahead of its implementation and we will continue to work with the disability sector to ensure the scheme is rolled out as smoothly and efficiently as possible in Tasmania." Ms O'Connor thanked members of the Disability Advisory Committee for their work in organising today's forum.