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Natalie Clark
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Do you want to find out more about the NDIS and its impact on you?

 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new approach to supporting Australians living with disability, which has the potential to unlock the capacity of people with disability to contribute to our society. It's different in five ways:

  • It almost quadruples the amount of money being spent on disability support
  • It is based on insurance principles, where actuarial predictions are made about future support costs
  • It is a national system intended to remove the many anomalies in the current system
  • Disability support will be delivered through a competitive market
  • And most important, people with disability will be the arbiters of the support they need.

Legislation for the NDIS was first introduced into Parliament in November 2012. The Scheme is being managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency which reports to the NDIA Board through to the Minister for Social Services.

Since then, the first stages of the rollout of the NDIS commenced in 2013 with trial sites in South Australia, Tasmania, the Hunter Region in New South Wales and the Barwon area of Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory came on board in July 2014. Trials are now underway in all States and Territories.

It is expected to be implemented in all jurisdictions, except Western Australia, between July 2016 and July 2019. Register now to attend an information session in your community. Can't make the information session? Join in the online discussion or make a submission

  • Launceston, 30 March
  • Hobart, 31 March
  • Brisbane, 1 April
  • Darwin, 1 April
  • Townsville, 2 April
  • Alice Springs, 2 April
  • Bunbury, 9 April
  • Perth, 10 April
  • Sydney, 13 April
  • Newcastle, 14 April
  • Melbourne, 15 April

The Able Movement applauds the Australian people for supporting this desperately needed reform. We share the excitement felt by many people with disability, and the enthusiasm of the Productivity Commission, which predicts the NDIS will more than pay for itself through increased economic participation of people with disability and increase GDP.

We are also critically aware that the magnitude of the change represented by the NDIS, and the challenges of moving from a welfare base system that has been in place for many decades, creates real risks that need to be carefully managed.

We believe in the aspirations of the NDIS, but we also believe that the most significant challenge of the NDIS is convincing everyone that people with disability are able to take control of their own support and that, when they do so, they are as capable of contributing to our society as anyone else.

We encourage everyone to attend one of the upcoming information sessions, to share your support for this fabulous initiative, and to ensure that those responsible for building and delivering the NDIS continue to look to the future and build a system that, once and for all, provides the support people with disability need to take their rightful place in Australian society.

 



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