Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement to fund its fair share of the cost of the initial stage of the NDIS in the upcoming Budget. The initial stage will cover about 20,000 people with profound disability from July 2014.
“Today the Prime Minister announced that the NDIS will be launched in up to four locations from July next year,” Ms Bird said.
“This is great news for local people with disability and their carers. There is strong support in our community for this vital reform, and people are thrilled that the Gillard Government is getting on with the job of building the NDIS.”
The launch will commence in the middle of next year - a full year ahead of the timetable set out by the Productivity Commission.
Stephen Jones said the current system wasn’t delivering the kind of care and support that Australians expect for people with disability and their carers.
“People with disability, their families and carers tell me they are tired of waking up every day to a broken system that doesn’t respond to their needs, and doesn’t give them choice or control.
“People with disability have waited long enough for change. They’ve come together to tell us in one voice that it’s time to make an NDIS real, and we’ve heard their call.
Ms Bird and Mr Jones thanked local supporters for their work in advocating for the NDIS, and called on everyone to keep up their good work.
“Their tireless work has gotten us this far, but the work isn’t over yet,” Ms Bird said.
“I know local disability advocates will keep telling their story and campaigning for change, and together we can make sure people with disability in our community are getting the care and support they deserve.”