Gillard Government signs historic agreement for National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones, today welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme across New South Wales by 2018-19.

“This is a great day for people with disability, their families and carers in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands”, Mr Jones said.

“It means that a National Disability Insurance Scheme will be operating here on the ground by 2018. Finally, people with disability in our community will get the care and support we all know they deserve.”

About 140,000 people across the state with permanent and significant disability will have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme by mid-2018. Under the scheme, people with disability in the region will:

• work with local people with their families and carers to identify their plans and goals for the future;

• be assessed to receive individualised care and support packages;

• be assisted by local coordinators to help manage and deliver their support; and

• access a system they can easily navigate and will link them to mainstream and community services.

“For local people with disability, this means more control over their lives, more certainty they’ll get the care and support they need, and more opportunities for them to be involved in our community.

“We’ve been lobbying really hard for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to come to our area because we know local people with disability have waited long enough for change.”

“We can finally start saying goodbye to the cruel lottery that says the level of care you receive depends on what your disability is, how you acquired it and where you live,” he said.

Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird also paid tribute to the local disability advocates who have campaigned for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to come to the Illawarra.

“People with disability, their families, carers and advocates have been making phone calls, sending emails and knocking on doors to push the case for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“They’ve told us their stories of trying to work with a broken disability care and support system, and they’ve told us it needs to change.

“We’ve heard them loud and clear and taken their message to Canberra. Today, we can see that all our hard work has paid off.”

Today’s agreement builds on the agreement to launch in the Hunter region of NSW from the middle of next-year. Other eligible New South Wales residents will start entering the scheme in 2016, and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered by the NDIS.

Under the agreement reached today:

• The Commonwealth will provide funding of $3.32 billion in 2018 – 51.4 per cent of the funding needed. This will cover the administration of the scheme and contribute to the cost of individual care and support packages and other supports for people with disability, their carers and their families.

• New South Wales will provide around $3.13 billion in 2018 – 48.6 per cent of the funding needed. This will contribute to the cost of individual packages and other supports for people with disability, their carers and their families.

• The full scheme costs will be reviewed by the Productivity Commission in 2018-19 to inform COAG agreement on final scheme funding arrangements.

An NDIS will also be launched in South Australia, Tasmania, the Barwon region of Victoria and the ACT from the middle of next year.