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NSW government welcomes Productivity Commission's roadmap for NDIS

10 August 2011

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s report which recommends a National Disability Insurance Scheme, but has warned that the hard work is still ahead of us to ensure the scheme becomes a reality.

“After a long campaign, today we have a vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia. It is long overdue,” Mr Constance said.

“I would like to thank the thousands of people that have joined the Every Australian Counts campaign, but it’ll be seven or eight years before this scheme is fully implemented, and the fight needs to continue.”

The Commonwealth has committed $10 million for technical work around the introduction of an NDIS.

“The NSW Government will work with the Commonwealth to get the NDIS up and running,” Mr Constance said.

The Productivity Commission has recommended a number of launch sites for the NDIS in 2014, and the O’Farrell Government is looking to take a leading role.

“The NSW Government is moving ahead on individualised supports, with the extensive program of consultations continuing across NSW. With individualised support a cornerstone of the proposed NDIS, this work will see NSW well placed for the implementation of the scheme.”

“NSW will be NDIS ready by 2014.”

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

“It also needs to be recognised that NSW is leading the way in terms of growth funding for disability services. Through Stronger Together 2, more than 2 billion dollars in real growth funding will be invested over the next five years.”

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