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National Disability Insurance Scheme

1 August 2011



NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has called on the Gillard Government to release the recommendations from the Productivity Commission into the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Federal Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten was due to receive the final recommendations from the Commission today following an 18 month inquiry into disability care and support.

“The Gillard Government cannot shy away from this important reform,” Mr Constance said.

“We need all levels of government to embrace a National Disability Insurance Scheme so people with a disability, their families and carers can get the long term care and certainty that they deserve.”

“The recommendations from the Productivity Commission need to be released as soon as possible.”

Despite reports Victoria has been chosen for a trial of the NDIS, the NSW Government will continue to lobby the Commonwealth for the Hunter to also be considered.

“I have written to Mr Shorten today to emphasise that NSW is ready, willing and able to take part in a trial of the NDIS,” Mr Constance said.

“The Hunter is the most appropriate location for a trial of the NDIS in NSW given its population, mix of rural and metropolitan settings and the existence of a current single access point for community care.”

Mr Constance said demand for government funded disability services is increasing by around 10% every year, which is putting an enormous strain on the state system.

“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 NSW Government is eager to work with the Commonwealth in a bipartisan way to ensure a NDIS becomes a reality.”

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