Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister
The Gillard Government will deliver $1 billion over four years to start rolling out the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The first stage of an NDIS will begin in mid-2013 and will provide care and support to around 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities in up to four locations across the country.
From mid-2014, the reach of an NDIS will be expanded to bring the total number of eligible people up to 20,000.
These individuals will have their needs assessed and be supported to develop individual plans to deliver ongoing personalised care and support over their life times.
The Government’s commitment includes:
The Australian Government’s initial investment will cover the total administration and running costs for the first stage of an NDIS. States and territories that host the initial locations will also be required to contribute to the cost of personal care and support for people with disability.
Our commitment means this Labor Government will start delivering an NDIS a year ahead of the timetable set out by the Productivity Commission.
We want Australians with disability, their families and carers to start benefiting from this fundamental reform as quickly as possible.
KEY FEATURES OF AN NDIS
The scheme will:
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