The Hon Jane Prentice MP
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Australians with vision impairment, a physical disability or learning disability will be able to live independently, participate in education, and gain employment through a program that makes things easier to read.
People living with disability in Brisbane and south east Queensland will be able to access information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) more easily following the opening of a new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) office in Chermside.
NDIS providers in the Northern Territory are being supported to expand and deliver services in new ways, as part of the final round of the Northern Territory Innovation Grant program.
The Parliamentary Friends group remind us of the values and principles that bind all of us in this iconic place. Eye health and vision care is a cause we can and should support. I commend Vision 2020 on advocating for the elimination of preventable blindness and vision loss for close to twenty years. Vision 2020 is a strong voice in ensuring Australia meets our obligations to the World Health Organisation’s Universal Eye Health: a global action plan 2014-2019.
The Government is committed to improving the lives of People with Disability. Today, the International Day of People with Disability, we celebrate your achievements and commit to continuing to work towards a more inclusive community.
I welcome the opportunity to talk to you today about the work the Australian Government is doing to improve employment supports for people with disability. Rick and his team from Disability Employment Australia are passionate about working closely with Government to ensure that we hear your feedback so we can build a better system.