A McGowan Government funding program will build the knowledge and skill capability of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to enable better services for Aboriginal people with disability.
Broome-based Nirrumbuk Environmental and Health Services will receive $200,000 as part of the State Government’s Sector Transition Fund, which was established to assist registered service providers in the disability services sector to make the transition to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) operating environment.
The funding will enable Nirrumbuk to grow its Aboriginal workforce, and in doing so build its range of culturally appropriate NDIS services available to people living in Broome and across the Kullarri region.
The Sector Transition Fund is being funded by the Department of Communities. Disability advocacy group National Disability Services administered the grants allocation process.
Eleven valuable projects across regional Western Australia are being funded, and will share in $1.7 million of grant funding.
As stated by Disability Services Minister Don Punch
“An urgent need has been identified for culturally and location appropriate NDIS services in Broome and the Kullarri region.
“The ongoing challenges of distance and remoteness has meant NDIS participants have experienced limited choice of service providers and limited availability of support services.
“This grant from the Sector Transition Fund will enable Nirrumbuk Environmental and Health Services to build local knowledge and expertise so they can provide services that are geographically and culturally appropriate.”
As stated by Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna:
“It is important for disability services and supports to be provided in a culturally appropriate way by the people on the ground.
“I look forward to seeing how this funding will help Nirrumbuk provide services, while also employing more Aboriginal people.”