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National Disability And Carer Alliance Executive Director Kirsten Deane

National Disability Insurance Scheme On The Agenda For Victorian Election

Victor P Taffa

The introduction of a landmark National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is firmly on the agenda as a mainstream issue for the 2010 Victorian Election, the National Disability and Carer Alliance said today.

National Disability and Carer Alliance Executive Director Kirsten Deane welcomed today’s announcement by the Victorian Opposition that it would champion the introduction of a NDIS if elected on November 27.

“Disability has been treated as a marginal political issue for decades, but during the recent Federal Election it finally became a mainstream issue.” Ms. Deane said.

“There are three reasons why disability has gone mainstream.”

“First, disability has become too big to ignore.”

“More than 1.5 Million Australians have a disability that significantly impacts on their daily life, and more than 600,000 Australians serve as unpaid carers. Those numbers are set to escalate over the next 5, 10 and 20 years—sending costs rising at a rate of 7.5% p.a.”

“Second, the current system is in crisis. Tens of thousands of Victorians with a disability and their families are not receiving adequate services. People are simply unable to get the kind of help they need, when they need it, to enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else in the community.”

“Third, the Productivity Commission is currently investigating the feasibility of a national no fault approach to supporting people with a disability and their families and their final report and recommendations is due in mid 2011.”

“Australians living with a disability can no longer be ignored.” Ms. Deane said.

Ms. Deane said the State Opposition’s announcement was significant because reform of this magnitude would require a high level of coordination and cooperation between the Commonwealth and the States.

“It is a good start and we look forward to hearing much more from all the political parties in the lead up to the state election.”  Ms. Deane said.

“We hope to hear more about their vision for Victorians with a disability and their families and what they will do to support this vision.”

“All parties and all levels of government need to realise that the time for change has come.” Ms. Deane said.

The National Disability and Carer Alliance was formed last year by National Disability Services, Carers Australia and the National Federation of Disability Organisations to pursue the structural and systemic changes necessary to improve the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers in this country.  The Alliance is united in their strong support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

For further information about the Alliance or the National Disability Insurance Scheme, please call Kirsten Deane, Executive Director, National Disability and Carer Alliance on 0409 565 925.

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