Government commits support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Government commits support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Government commits support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has today announced that her government will start work immediately to build the foundations for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, following the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report today.

The Government supports the Productivity Commission’s vision for a system that provides individuals with the support they need over the course of their lifetime, and wants to work towards a reform of disability services that is financially sustainable.

The report finds that it will take at least seven years to transform disability services. Important work needs to be done before further progress can be made – and the Government has committed to getting that work under way.

In line with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, the Government will:

  • Deliver an immediate, additional $10 million to support the initial technical policy work
  • Establish a Select Council of Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lead reform in this area at COAG next month;
  • Establish an Advisory Group to the Select Council, led by Dr Jeff Harmer, to provide expert advice on delivering the foundations for reform and preparation for launch.

Our Policy Team is evaluating what this means for caring families. We will post a more detailed evaluation of the Productivity Commission report soon.

Read the government's Media Release

Read the Victorian government's response

Read the response from the National Disability and Carer Alliance

Read the Productivity Commission's Report

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