A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is long overdue: Moylan
Posted on Tuesday, 6 December 2011
The Hon Judi Moylan MP has welcomed the Government’s announced establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but said greater detail was still needed as to ascertain Labor’s full commitment to the project.
As part of the ALP National Conference the Government announced a commitment of $10 million towards setting up an agency to design the launch of an NDIS. However, the Government has yet to identify a funding envelope or timeline for the scheme as a whole. Mrs Moylan has long advocated a NDIS and has worked extensively to improve conditions in the disability sector, introducing two Private Member’s Motions on the issue: one removing the barriers to employment for people with disability and one calling on the Government to ensure that Special Disability Trusts can operate the way they were intended; to assist parents making provision for the care of profoundly disabled dependents. All passed through the Parliament.
Having worked with the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Hon Jan McLucus and the former Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, the Hon Bill Shorten MP on the issue, Mrs Moylan said this most recent announcement is a long overdue step in the right direction.
"While the motion at the ALP National Conference in support of an NDIS is welcome, it is only the Government who can go further than in-principle support and allocate the funds needed for an NDIS," Mrs Moylan said.
"Seeing the NDIS come to fruition will be one more step in the building of a nation that is both equitable and accessible to and for all Australians."
The NDIS as proposed by the Productivity Commission will cost around $6.5 billion.
"It’s a big job to transform the system we have now and we will need the input of people with disability, their carers and advocates from across Australia to make sure this reform suits their needs."