Ageing, Disability & Home Care

A media release from the Minister - Statement on National Disability Insurance Scheme

30 May 2011



The NSW response to the draft report from the Productivity Commission into Disability Care and Support has been released.

Last week I announced that the NSW Government will campaign aggressively for the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme, with the Hunter the most appropriate trial location.

The NSW response to the draft report from the Productivity Commission into Disability Care and Support has been released.

The inquiry found that the current disability support system is ‘underfunded, unfair, fragmented, inefficient, and gives people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports.’

The NSW Government, through Stronger Together 2, will provide $2 billion for disability services over the next five years. But beyond that time, a new funding source will be needed.

The O’Farrell Government will campaign for the Hunter to be the location for a pilot program leading into the scheme.

The Hunter is the most appropriate trial region for the NDIS, due to its population size and mix of rural and metropolitan settings; and the existence of a current single access point for community care.

I look forward to visiting the region in the coming weeks, and putting the case forward for any trial undertaken by the Commonwealth to happen in the Hunter.

Information packs are being distributed to all MPs encouraging them and their constituents to join the Every Australian Counts campaign.

The final report of the Productivity Commissions Inquiry into Disability Care and Support will be presented to the Federal Government on the 31 July 2011.

To join the campaign, go to www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au.

To view the NSW Government’s submissions to the Productivity Commission, go to www.adhc.nsw.gov.au.

Andrew Constance

Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability

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