Scot MacDonald
28th May 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is calling on local Aboriginal businesses operating in the disability services sector to apply for a new $4.5 million NSW Government program that aims to help those businesses be involved in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Mr MacDonald said a free briefing session on the Making It Our Business program, and the funding opportunities it provides, would be held in Newcastle on Friday 1st June, 11am in the Newton Boardroom, Novotel, 5 King Street, Newcastle.

“I encourage local Aboriginal businesses operating in the disability services sector, which are already involved in the NDIS, or those who want to make the most of the NDIS, to attend the information session,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We’re offering grants of between $5,000 and $30,000 for sole traders and between $10,000 up to $1 million for employers who want to gear up or expand their business to be ready for the opportunities stemming from the NDIS.”

“Aside from improving the lives of people living with disabilities, the NDIS has the potential to create new jobs, particularly in non-metropolitan areas and in places with a strong Aboriginal business presence.”

“It’s important that Aboriginal businesses participate in the NDIS as they’re best placed to deliver culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal people with disability.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW and Small Business John Barilaro said the NDIS had the potential to double the size of the disability support sector in NSW from around $3.4 billion to $6.8 billion over the coming years.

“We want to help more Aboriginal businesses and organisations succeed in the disability services sector and that’s why we’re providing funding and mentoring support through this program,” he said.

Applications for the grant program will close on Monday 9th July 2018. For further information and advice on how to apply visit: or email