New South Wales Ageing And Disability Commissioner Starts On 1 July 2019

New South Wales Ageing And Disability Commissioner Starts On 1 July 2019

New South Wales Minister for Disability Services Gareth Ward

Watershed Bill Passes Parliament

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Ageing and Disability Commissioner will become a reality next month after a landmark Bill was passed by Parliament this evening.

Minister for Families Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said it marks an important milestone in the state’s history.

“Never before has our state had a body specifically tasked with investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people.” Minister Ward said.

“As the first minister for disabilities to have a disability, I’m proud to have helped introduce these important reforms into Parliament.”

“This Bill goes beyond politics, and will help people feel safe and respected in their home and in the community.” Minister Ward said.

Multiple public inquiries and reviews have highlighted opportunities for Government to strengthen safeguards for people with disability and older people.

Independent Commission will be given the power to initiate investigations, compel information from individuals or organisations, as well as apply for and execute search warrants with the assistance of Police.

It will meet the crucial needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our community and have the power to investigate issues that are not currently being addressed by other complaint and investigative bodies.

New South Wales Ageing and Disability Commissioner will be appointed before starting work on 1 July 2019.