Oct 21, 2011

National Disability Insurance Scheme to start in 2013

A National Disability Insurance Scheme is now a step closer with all Australian governments agreeing to deliver reforms a year ahead of schedule.

At the first meeting of the Select Council of Treasurers and Disability Ministers in Sydney this week, the Gillard Labor Government asked the states and territories to set clear timelines on delivering the foundation reforms that are necessary for a national scheme by mid-2013, a year ahead of the timeline set out by the Productivity Commission.

“These changes include a common assessment tool to determine eligibility for support, national service and quality standards and a workforce strategy,” Mr Albanese said.

“I know how important it is for people in the inner-west that we get on with the job of building a National Disability Insurance Scheme – and that’s exactly what the Government intends to do.

“Getting this work done quickly is an essential step towards delivering the kind of care and support that is needed, and it’s what people with disability, their carers and families rightly expect.

“This is a fundamental reform and we need to keep the momentum going.”

The executive officer of The Ella Centre, Alison Eastman, welcomed the commitment of all governments to deliver the foundation reforms as quickly as possible.

“A national scheme would ensure that all people with disability have access to the best quality services and support to enable them to reach their greatest level of independence in their local community.

“The Ella Centre, our clients, carers and staff are all very supportive of this initiative.”