The Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner has released a Cabinet paper about the high-level design for the new disability support system.

The design is the result of intensive work over a number of months by a group of disabled people, disability sector representatives and officials.  

There are plans to include an information hub with a number of ways to make contact and be contacted, capability funding for disabled people and whânau to build their skills, and support to expand peer and whânau networks.

The new funding model is expected to reduce assessment and provide opportunities for investment, as well as increasing choice and control.

There will be opportunities to be involved in the next phase and contribute to the detailed design.  If you would like to take part, please email

The new system will be rolled out first in MidCentral on 1 July 2018.  

You can find the Cabinet paper, a summary, Frequently Asked Questions and the press release here…

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