Mem­ber for Cas­tle Hill

Hon Ray Wil­liams MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politics - Dis­abil­ity Sec­tor Scale-Up

Dis­abil­ity Sec­tor Grants – Now Open

The NSW gov­ern­ment’s new $19m (DSSU) pro­gram will help lo­cal busi­nesses make the most of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme (NDIS).

Busi­ness Ac­cel­er­a­tion grants up to a max­i­mum of $2 mil­lion are avail­able to as­sist busi­nesses scale-up and bring in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to our dis­abil­ity sup­port sec­tor in the Cas­tle Hill area.

On top of the Grants, the DSSU will pro­vide low cost ad­vi­sory ser­vices for small busi­nesses through Busi­ness Con­nect to help them ser­vice the NDIS.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open: www.ten­

Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET)

NSW has Aus­tralia’s the best per­form­ing VET sec­tor. Our stu­dents, ap­pren­tices and trainees are earn­ing while they learn and get­ting trained for the jobs of the fu­ture.

A re­cent Skilling Aus­tralia re­port showed VET is ac­tu­ally a more cer­tain pathway to em­ploy­ment than univer­sity and of­fers bet­ter prospects for higher pay. Some 78% of VET grad­u­ates are em­ployed af­ter train­ing ver­sus 69% for univer­sity grad­u­ates – and, on av­er­age, VET grad­u­ates also earns $2,000 more.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has done the work over the past three years to over­haul our VET sys­tem with Smart and Skilled, which has brought a new era of sta­bil­ity, ef­fi­ciency and qual­ity. More in­for­ma­tion:

Big Sav­ings on En­ergy Bills

The NSW Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Pack­age Sav­ings Scheme is the na­tion’s most com­pre­hen­sive pack­age to ad­dress ris­ing en­ergy bills. We un­der­stand it is hard to make ends meet when liv­ing pres­sures pile up; and we are do­ing every­thing we can to sup­port fam­i­lies and small busi­nesses to save on their power bills. Re­forms in­clude a 20% in­crease on cur­rent NSW Gov­ern­ment en­ergy re­bates; var­i­ous dis­counts for small busi­nesses, house­holds and Pen­sion Con­ces­sion Card hold­ers on en­ergy ef­fi­cient up­grades; end­ing un­nec­es­sary sup­plier charges; penal­ties for re­tail­ers who don’t move re­bate re­cip­i­ents to a bet­ter deal, plus more. Se­niors can also ac­cess huge re­duc­tions in en­ergy costs of up to 25% through a deal we have done with AGL. More In­for­ma­tion:­source­sanden­ en­ergy-con­sumers


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