Coalition To Introduce A National Disability Insurance Scheme

Coalition To Introduce A National Disability Insurance Scheme

Nationals Candidate for Gippsland East Tim Bull

Disability Insurance Scheme The Way Forward

Victor P Taffa

A Coalition Government will make reform of disability funding and service delivery in Victoria a priority by championing a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide lifetime support for people with a Disability.

An NDIS will overhaul the current system which rations disability services and introduce a no-fault universal insurance safety net, similar to those operated by the Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe for people with permanent or severe disabilities.

Nationals Candidate for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the Coalition commitment to overhaul disability funding was welcomed as there are numerous cases of families and carers facing not only financial hardship, but also a lack of general support to care for their family member with a disability.

“Sitting on waiting lists is simply not good enough and it has been clear for many years the sector needs a massive injection of funds and services.”

 

“I am fully supportive of the NDIS concept and I have no doubt it will greatly reduce and hopefully remove the widening gap between the demand for disability services and their availability that is growing under the current system.” Mr. Bull said.

The Coalition will ensure the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry, due to report in July 2011, into a Disability Care and Support Scheme including the National Disability Insurance Scheme are adopted as soon as possible.

“It is not right that family who dedicate their lives to caring for a child with a disability, have to beg for services and support and a Coalition Government will work with the Federal Government and other states and territories to ensure that major disability reform occurs.” Mr. Bull said.

“I believe a NDIS is the most effective way to secure equitable, sustainable and self-sufficient delivery of disability services. However, we must also ensure families are better looked after in the interim prior to its commencement.”

“Failure to reform the system will end up costing much more in the long term due to increasing demand for services, inefficient service delivery and the medical and social costs of delayed treatment of people waiting to access services.”

“I believe an NDIS will lead to new opportunities for Victorians with disabilities, their families and carers, giving them the power to take far control of their own lives.” Mr. Bull said.