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State Government Must Step in to Support Disability Groups

By June 28, 2024No Comments

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has called on the State Government to urgently provide interim financial support for the three disability advocacy organisations who will cease to operate following federal funding cuts.

Autism Tasmania, Disability Voices Tasmania and Brain Injury Association of Tasmania are funded by grants from the Department of Social Services, but now face an uncertain future following the cuts which take effect on 30 June.

Ms Johnston said this is a devastating blow to Tasmanians living with disability and said the State Government needs to step in immediately with a short-term solution until adequate funding can be found.

“This matter shouldn’t be up for debate.  The State Government must provide immediate and adequate funding to ensure that Tasmanians living with a disability have access to the invaluable support that Autism Tasmania, Disability Voices Tasmania, and Brain Injury Association Tasmania provide.  With one in four Tasmanian families being impacted by autism, it’s essential that this organisation (Autism Tasmania) which has been helping Tasmanians for over 30 years is thrown a lifeline until a long-term solution can be found,” Ms Johnston said.

“It’s heartbreaking for the staff and volunteers of these organisations who work tirelessly to support and help people living with disability navigate and understand the sometimes-complex support networks available to them.  Without immediate intervention, Tasmanians living with disability are at real risk of missing out on the vital services and connections they need,” Ms Johnston said.

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