New era for disability services and care

The Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, has today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s initial response to the Productivity Commission report into disability care and support.

“The report by the Productivity Commission has set out, at the request of the Commonwealth Government, a comprehensive vision for a new system of disability care providing individuals with the support they need over their life time.

“The report outlines the creation of schemes that would ensure that every Australian can have confidence that they will be taken care of, and receive the support needed, if they acquire a disability, or are born with a disability.

“The report concludes that the current disability support system is unfair, underfunded, fragmented and inefficient.

“The bottom line is that disability care and support should be based on a person’s need, not on what kind of disability they have, how they acquired it, or where they live.

“I am pleased that the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, has today outlined the next steps to be taken at all levels of government working together to start the process to ensure that Australia’s disability care and support services are part of a new era”, Ms Bird said.