Last week the Prime Minister announced a new Commonwealth agency to lead the Australian Government’s design work on a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Next year is a critical year when the Gillard Labor Government will work closely with state and territory governments, people with disability, their families and carers and service providers on developing the scheme.
In 2012 the Government will continue our work to lay the foundations for the launch of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This is fundamental reform for our community because we know the current disability system is not delivering the kind of care and support Australians expect for people with disability, their families and carers.
The Prime Minister’s announcement of an extra $10 million for projects to examine how the design elements of an NDIS will work in practice is good news.
An NDIS will involve fundamental changes to the way disability care and support is provided in Australia. It will operate on insurance principles and give people with disability greater control and choice over the services they receive, for example through individual funding.
The announcement builds on the commitment made by the Gillard Government and state and territory governments to lay the foundations for launch of an NDIS by mid-2013 – a year ahead of the timetable set out by the Productivity Commission.
This design work will help inform the launch of an NDIS in select locations around the country.
To find out more visit www.ndis.gov.au
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.