Date: 6 December 2012
Author: Jenny Macklin and Jan McLucas
Today Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell, announced that a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be operating across all of New South Wales by 2018.
This means that for about 140,000 people with disability in New South Wales, they will get the care and support they need and the certainty they will be supported over their lifetimes.
This is great news for people with a disability, their families and carers.
Under the agreement reached today:
· The Commonwealth will provide 51.4 per cent of the funding for the full scheme in New South Wales, to cover the costs of care and support to people with disability, general supports for people with disability, their families and carers, and the administration costs for the scheme.
· New South Wales will contribute 48.6 per cent of the funding for the full scheme in their state, which will go to the cost of individual packages and other supports for people with disability, their carers and their families.
This agreement means that in 2018, governments will be investing more than $6 billion a year in care and support for people with disability in New South Wales.
Today’s announcement builds on the Australian Government’s commitment to launch the NDIS in five sites across the country from mid next year.
In New South Wales, we will launch in the Hunter from mid-2013. From 2016 we will roll the scheme out to more people across the state and by mid-2018, all eligible people with disabilities in NSW will be supported by the NDIS.
Today’s agreement is a huge achievement – and a credit to the many campaigners in the disability sector who have fought so hard for so long for this historic reform.
Thank you again for your support and the important contributions you have made to the development of the NDIS.
Tomorrow the Prime Minister is meeting with all state and territory leaders at the Council of Australian Governments in Canberra to discuss making the NDIS real for all Australians. We will be asking states and territories to keep working with us on this critical reform.
We look forward to working with the states and territories to secure agreements for a full national scheme. Only then can we end the cruel lottery for people with disability and give them choice and control over the care and support they receive.
For more information on the announcement please visit www.ndis.gov.au
Jenny Macklin and Jan McLucas