NSW Govt offers to meet Prime Minister halfway on NDIS funding
27 July 2012
Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today announced NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has written to the Prime Minister to indicate the NSW Government would be willing to contribute an additional $35 million to a pilot of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“The NSW Government strongly supports an NDIS and we’ve been keen to progress this scheme as shown by our detailed joint proposal with the Victorian Government,” Mr Constance said.
“As an act of goodwill, the NSW Government has offered to meet the Federal Government halfway.”
“We believe this is a fair offer, one that is in the interests of people with a disability and one we hope the Prime Minister will accept.”
“The NSW Government has already put over $500 million on the table for an NDIS trial of 10,000 people in the Hunter.”
“We have now gone that extra step to meet the Prime Minister halfway by offering an additional $35 million.”
“I’m very disappointed I didn’t get the opportunity to put this offer to the Federal Minister yesterday because of her refusal to meet with me and my Victorian counterpart.”
“It has regrettably extended the uncertainty for people with a disability.”
“Consistent with the Prime Minister’s original offer, this additional NSW Government funding would require the Commonwealth to take 100 per cent risk on population, pricing and transition for the scheme.”
“Further, the NSW Government believes the trial should not commence until the Commonwealth has resolved the funding issue for the NDIS, and should be dealt with as a matter of priority at the next COAG meeting.”