The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s 12,000 staff provide support and services to more than one million older people, people with a disability, their families and carers. In 2004-05 their annual budget was $1.4 billion, a turnover boosted in 2007 by the announcement of Stronger Together, a 10-year plan for disability services which added a further $1.3 billion to their budget over the next five years.
DADHC’s corporate history is relatively new. Established in April 2001, the organisation is a combination of the former Ageing and Disability Department, the Home Care Service of NSW, and Disability Services from the Department of Community Services.
Through the portfolios of the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, DADHC takes the leading role for the New South Wales Government on all matters relating to ageing, people with a disability, and home care.
DADHC provides administrative support to the Guardianship Tribunal and the Disability Council of NSW and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing. The Guardianship Tribunal works closely with the Director-General and reports to the Minister. The Disability Council of NSW advises the New South Wales Government on issues affecting people with a disability, their families and carers.
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