$1 billion to start NDIS announced in Federal Budget
The Every Australian Counts campaign welcomes the historic 2012 Budget announcement allocating $1 billion over the next four years to launch the National Disability Insurance Schem
The Budget allocation includes $342.5 million over three years for individualised packages for people with a disability and their families.
Every Australian Counts National Campaign Director John Della Bosca said:
“Every night around Australia aging family carers go to bed worried about what will happen to their son or daughter with a disability when they can no longer provide care and support. I hope from tonight they sleep a little easier knowing the NDIS is on its way.
“In a tight fiscal environment committing $1 billion to disability reform represents an historic shift. Disability has been in the too hard basket for decades. People with a disability and their families have been abandoned. The waiting lists for equipment, the lack of respite care and the underfunding of services has been a national disgrace. But today we start to right that wrong
“The plan outlined tonight relies heavily on cooperation between the Federal, State and Territory governments. I know that State Ministers around the country support the NDIS. They want to see it become a reality. So we look forward to everyone sitting around the table and working out how to make the NDIS real.
Investing in the NDIS now makes economic sense. In late 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that without the NDIS, the current national disability spend of almost $7 billion per year will blow out to $45 billion per year by the year 2035, as state governments continue to funnel taxpayers money into short-term emergency fixes
In a joint media release from the Prime Minister and the Minister for Disability Reform, the $1 billion budget commitment is broken down to:
- · $342.5 million over three years from July next year for individually funded packages for people with significant and permanent disability.
- · $154.8 million over three years from July next year to employ Local Area Coordinators to provide an individualised approach to delivering care and support to people with a disability.
- · $58.6 million over three years from July next year to assess the needs of people with a disability in the launch locations.
- · $122.6 million over four years to start preparing the disability sector for the new way of delivering disability services. Building the capacity of disability organisations to adjust to an NDIS is critical to success, particularly in the launch locations in the first stage of roll out.
- · $240.3 million over four years to build and operate an NDIS information technology system.
- · $53 million over four years to establish a new National Disability Launch Transition Agency to coordinate implementation and manage the delivery of care and support to people with a disability and their carers in launch locations from 2013–14.
Information about the NDIS, new expert working groups and NDIS Budget details: www.ndis.gov.au
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(forwarded by Fiona Anderson – Qld state Campaign Coordinator – NDIS)