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NSW pushing for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

NSW pushing for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

26 May 2011

The NSW Government has embarked on a campaign to have the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme introduced and has strongly recommended the Hunter region as a launch site for the scheme.

The Hunter is an appropriate trial region due to its population size, mix of rural and metropolitan settings, and the existence of a single Access Point for community care. NSW's experience and capability from the Access Point project would enable it to quickly gear up to manage a NDIS trial.  

The Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has called on the Parliament and the community to support the scheme and for all people living in NSW to join the Every Australian Counts campaign.

Mr Constance said that people with a disability deserved the best opportunity to stay in their own homes, participate in the community and have certainty about their future.

He said a National Disability Insurance Scheme was essential to meet long term demand and ensure a sustainable disability support system.

Mr Constance said the Productivity Commission had recently released its draft report on Disability Care and Support and in it, proposed a National Disability Insurance Scheme because the current disability support system was underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient.

“The current service system gives people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports. We need to make significant changes to address these issues.”

Mr Constance said that the NSW Government was heavily investing in disability services with an extra $2billion of funding between now and 2015/16.

However, independent modelling by PricewaterhouseCoopers had shown that demand for government funded disability services in NSW was increasing by around 10 per cent every year.

“Not addressing this will have severe consequences for people with a disability and their families and for the economy of NSW, but the projected annual growth in demand is unsustainable for any State or Territory Government and a new funding source is required.”

Mr Constance said it was vital that all members of the community get behind a National Disability Insurance Scheme and support the Every Australian Counts campaign. “I urge all people with a disability, their family, friends and carers, as well as the broader community around NSW to give their support for the campaign by joining it at www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au

He said the NSW Government and he personally, were committed to reforming the disability services system in NSW to make it more responsive to the needs of people with a disability, their families and their carers.

“This includes planning for a more sustainable system that is also flexible and fair and can continue to support an increasing demand for support services in future years” Mr Constance said.

“The key to this is a National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

 

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