Federal Labor welcomes today’s announcement that the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Tasmania has finally been agreed. It was a long time coming but it is great news for those who have campaigned so hard to secure the future of this transformational scheme.
About 11,000 Tasmanians with disability, their families and carers will benefit from the NDIS. Today’s confirmation provides certainty for participants, carers, families and providers and allows them to start planning for the future.
People with disability, their carers and families have waited their whole lives for the NDIS.
In government Labor legislated for the NDIS, successfully launched the scheme in a number of locations, and set out a ten-year funding plan to secure its long-term future.
Labor successfully launched the NDIS in Tasmania in 2013 for people aged between 15 and 24.
Labor created the NDIS because we understand that the current system of disability support is completely broken.
Across the country, the NDIS is now transforming the lives of about 20,000 people with disability.
For the first time, people with disability have their needs met in a way that supports them to live with choice and dignity.
When fully rolled out, the NDIS will provide support to more than 460,000 people with disability.
The bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments were supposed to be finalised in August. The Prime Minister must now make securing the remainder of these agreements a personal priority.
The Prime Minister is meeting with all Premiers and Chief Ministers next Friday – the agreements should be finalised by then. People all across the country deserve to know when they will benefit from the NDIS.
THURSDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2015