Victoria Takes Lead On National Disability Scheme

Victoria Takes Lead On National Disability Scheme

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Ready To Stay In The Lead On NDIS

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The Victorian Coalition Government welcomes today’s release of the Productivity Commission report into a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

An NDIS has the potential to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable Victorians people with a disability, their families and carers.

“Next week’s COAG meeting offers an important opportunity to commit to and begin work on a scheme which will transform the lives of people living with a disability, their families and their carers.” Premier Baillieu said.

“The Victorian Coalition has consistently advocated for a better deal for people living with a disability, their families and their carers and led the push for an NDIS from Opposition.”

“Since being elected, we have renewed and stepped up our efforts, consistently and strongly advocating for the introduction of a long-term disability care and support scheme and its trial in Victoria.”

“We also provided comprehensive advice to the Productivity Commission on how the scheme should work based on Victoria’s innovative approach to disability service delivery.” Premier Baillieu said.

We have continued to maintain that a National Disability Insurance Scheme must provide:

  • Certainty of funding, to provide life-time supports to people with disability, their families and carers;
  • Simplicity in gaining access to specialist disability and universal services;
  • Fairness in the application of eligibility criteria, assessment and support to people irrespective of where they live or their disability;
  • Choice to give people with disability, their families and carers control over their supports.

“It is now up to governments across Australia to use the good work done by the Productivity Commission to make an NDIS a workable, sustainable reality.”

“Victoria is keen to be at the forefront of the implementation of an NDIS, and the Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge has this morning reiterated to Minister Jenny Macklin Victoria’s commitment to implementing the first-stage rollout of the scheme here in Victoria.”

“We are pleased that the Productivity Commission has taken note of our overarching support for an NDIS as well as other specific suggestions such as the need to include people with significant and enduring psychiatric disabilities in the scheme and the need to urgently develop a common assessment tool.” Premier Baillieu said.