Disability sector gets $144m budget boost

There will be $143.7 million for disability services in next week's budget, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.



The money will be spread over four years and will be used for:

  • More home and community support services such as helping disabled people shower, get dressed, prepare meals and do house work

  • Providing more hearing aids, hoists and wheelchair access.

Mr Ryall says the disability sector is getting the biggest share of new funding for health in the budget.

It's made up of $132.7m in new investment and $11m in savings.

The announcement comes a day after a Court of Appeal ruling which backed payment for family members who care for disabled children.

Mr Ryall said the decision could have wide-reaching and costly ramifications for other government sectors.