Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Coalition Government Leads Discussions On Implementation Of NDIS
Victor P Taffa
The Coalition Government has taken the first step in leading the implementation of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said today.
“The Coalition Government is committed to leading and driving the implementation of a new NDIS to ensure people living with a disability, their families and carers have the lifetime support they need.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“Yesterday, at my first meeting of the Community and Disability Services Ministers held in Melbourne, I was pleased to obtain agreement from federal, state and territory ministerial colleagues to hold a special meeting on the NDIS following the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report in late February 2011.”
This is a positive first step towards delivering Premier Ted Baillieu’s commitment on 20 October 2010 to hold a meeting of Federal, State and Territory Community and Disability Services Ministers immediately after the draft Productivity Commission report is released.
The Baillieu Government’s Leadership Role in creating an NDIS will also include:
• Establishing an NDIS Secretariat in the Department of Premier and Cabinet;
• Seconding TAC and WorkSafe Staff to the secretariat to bring their expertise in running no-fault insurance schemes;
• Committing to pilot a scheme in Victoria if a state-based trial is recommended;
• Commissioning additional research needed to support the scheme’s introduction;
• Inviting carers to advise on the design and implementation of the NDIS;
• Ensuring NDIS is a COAG Priority;
• Establishing the Victorian NDIS Implementation Taskforce with representation from a range of stakeholders;
• An NDIS based on the principles of equity, efficiency, sustainability and selfdetermination.
“The Coalition Government is committed to working urgently with the Commonwealth and other States and Territories to ensure that major reform of disability funding occur.” Ms. Wooldridge said.