February 11, 2014

Former NSW Liberal Leader John Brogden has recommended the Government “remove the word ‘insurance’ from the name of the NDIS to avoid confusion and misunderstanding about its purpose”.

The recommendation is included in a 2014 budget submission from the Financial Services Council, headed by Mr Brogden.

Let there be no confusion or misunderstanding – the NDIS is an insurance scheme. 

Any suggestion that the NDIS is not an insurance scheme is a cruel slap in the face to the thousands of Australians with disability, their families and carers who fought long and hard for the creation of the NDIS.

It is also in direct contrast to the findings of the Productivity Commission, which recommended a scheme that, “provides insurance cover for all Australians in the event of significant disability”.

Like Medicare, the NDIS was designed to provide universal coverage to Australians. Like Medicare, it too was built by a Labor Government.

Labor’s NDIS was built on the basis that the risk of disability is universal – it could happen to any one of us, at any time.

The insurance principle goes to the very heart of the NDIS.

It is about Australians having the peace of mind that should a tragic accident happens to anyone of us or a loved one, we will receive the support and care we need.

After decades of advocacy and hard work, people with disability, their families and carers finally have the certainty that their needs will be met.

Labor has been calling on the Prime Minister to confirm that he will not make changes to the Scheme he supported at the election – he continues to refuse to do so.

Any change to the NDIS will be a broken promise to the Australian people, to people with disability, their families and carers.


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