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Disability campaigners today hailed the great leap forward with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (renamed DisabilityCare Australia), as three more agreements were signed off between the federal government and the ACT, the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Every Australian Counts national campaign director John Della Bosca says the surge in NDIS agreements shows that all levels of government and both major political parties accept they must commit to the NDIS and ensure people with disability and their families are finally able to get the support they need to participate fully in the community.
“There can be no doubt now that all the leaders and members of Parliament from every political party have got the message: hundreds of thousands of NDIS campaigners – people with disability and their families and carers – will not tolerate the NDIS being put on the back burner. The NDIS is underway.”
Mr Della Bosca was adamant that campaigners would not rest until every Australian in need was guaranteed access to the NDIS.
“The Every Australian Counts campaign calls on the remaining state and territory governments and the federal government to show their good faith and sign agreements to ensure the full NDIS operates across the country, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.”
This week’s agreements build on last year’s historic start to the NDIS, when the Coalition New South Wales government became the first state to reach agreement with the ALP federal government for full NDIS implementation beyond its launch site in the Hunter Valley region.
The ACT government today agreed to full implementation of the scheme by 2016-17, covering 5000 people with disability. The Northern Territory government signed up to a first stage NDIS launch site covering 100 people with disability in the Barkly region, with a mix of remote, regional and urban communities.
The South Australian government yesterday reached agreement with the federal government to roll out the full NDIS to 33,000 people with disability, following on from its State-wide launch of the scheme targeting children up to 14 years
The NDIS will provide funds for person-centred support to people with permanent significant disability, to improve their opportunities for social and economic participation and greater independence. Each person will be individually assessed and will develop a plan linking NDIS supports to outcomes, with a focus on individual and family choice and control over the types of supports which best meet their needs.
The Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has welcomed today’s moves by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments to offer to host the launch sites for the NDIS.
The Victorian Government has nominated the Geelong region whilst New South Wales has advanced the Hunter region.
Victoria’s proposed launch area would consist of the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast Shire, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Colac-Otway Shires, areas which the Victorian Government describe as being well placed to build on and use existing services and supports to launch the NDIS in Victoria.
The NSW Government’s proposal recommends 10,000 people with disability in the Hunter take part in the launch, with the NSW Government saying the Hunter is the best region to host a launch in NSW given its mix of rural and metropolitan settings and existence of a current single access point for community care.
A new report from the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Reform Council shows that people with disabilities have largely missed out on the benefits of Australia’s strong economic performance over the past decade.
The report reveals that:
Between 2003-09 there has been no improvement in rates of economic and social participation for people with disability.
People with disability constantly had significantly lower rates of economic participation compared to people with disability.
In 2009, just 50% of people with disability aged 15-64 were in employment compared to 78.6% of people without disability.
Around one in three people with disability reported they need more formal assistance
John Della Bosca says funding the NDIS will be less costly than the future expense of disability.
THE Prime Minister’s announcement to fund a National Disability Insurance Scheme has been warmly welcomed – especially by Every Australian Counts who organised the national rallies and has lobbied long and hard.
Its campaign director, John Della Bosca, tells 3Q that people with a disability have been mistreated for years. The plan to institute a Medicare-style scheme a year earlier than recommended by the Productivity Commission is the first step in correcting the inequity.
He urges all states and territories to sign on to the NDIS.
07 May 2012
Tomorrow’s Budget marks a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the crisis in disability through the funding of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Every Australian Counts campaign will mark the occasion by launching three new hard hitting postcards designed to explain the desperate need for an NDIS to all Australians. Today more than 350,000 postcards are being delivered to our supporter’s homes, community organisations and business who will distribute them over the coming days.
The postcards can be viewed by clicking here
Media Release: Tuesday 24 April 2012
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AO has joined forces with the Every Australian Counts campaign to secure a comprehensive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Today, Mr Fischer has been appointed Campaign Patron. His first major role will be next Monday (April 30) at the Make It Real: NDIS 2012 rally at Olympic Park.
Tim Fischer surprised his colleagues in 1999 when he resigned as National Party leader and as a Minister, announcing he would not contest the 2001 election. His bold decision was motivated partly by the demands of his family – in particular his son Harrison who has autism.
John Della Bosca, Every Australian Counts Campaign Director, said although he and Tim worked on different sides of politics, it was important for today’s politicians and the community to continue to work together on this vital issue.
“The bipartisanship we’ve seen to date at the national level must be maintained and also replicated among the States and Territories for the NDIS to succeed.
“It is a huge boost to our cause to have an individual of Mr Fischer’s calibre on board. He has been a champion for improved support for people with a disability and their families his entire public life and is continuing that passion.
“We are at a critical point of the campaign – the time has come for the Australian Parliament to take action to make the NDIS real.
“And I believe Mr Fischer is strongly placed to further build a case for the NDIS both to politicians and to the community. Tim knows Canberra, he knows politics and he knows how to convince ordinary Australians to support big ideas”.
Mr Fischer said: “My family has been touched by disability and I know first-hand our disability system is broken. In regional Australia it is even worse. Families have limited access to respite, can wait years for equipment and often have to move long distances to find a place for their children to live.”
“Disability can touch people in the city and the country and large and small families in various financial circumstances. It is an issue for every Australian and we have a once in a generation opportunity to fix it.
“The NDIS will enable people with a disability to aspire, achieve, put back into the community and get the support they desperately need. I believe 2012 is the year to make the NDIS real and am looking forward to being part of the campaign to finally make this great idea a reality,” Mr Fischer added.
Media Release: PM’s confirmation of early roll out of NDIS welcomed – now for the detail on trial sites
Thursday 19 April 2012
The Prime Minister’s confirmation today that the first stage of the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) will be introduced by the middle of next year has been welcomed by the disability community – but we eagerly await more detail
Every Australian Counts Campaign Director, John Della Bosca, said there was no information released today about the locations of trial sites.
“Although the Commonwealth has made a commitment to bring forward the NDIS by 12 months, we will be proceeding with one of the largest disability rallies in Australia on April 30 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart,” Mr Della Bosca said.
“The Make it Real: NDIS 2012 rally will send a clear message to Canberra that the disability community is strong and determined and the NDIS is not just an aspiration – it has to be delivered in full as recommended by the Productivity Commission,” he said.
“It will also be an opportunity for State and Federal MPs to attend and demonstrate their tangible support of an NDIS roll out.”
For more details about the rally– visit: everyaustraliancounts.com.au
This comes only one day after the Government announced the fast-tracking of the NDIS.
In a speech to be delivered today, Mr Abbott states: “It has to be done responsibly, but it does have to be done. The Coalition will do whatever we reasonably can to make it happen as soon as possible and would accept a government invitation to be jointly responsible for this vital national project.”
National Every Australian Counts Campaign Director Mr John Della Bosca said: “There is a hidden crisis in every town, in every state, across this nation. People are at breaking point waiting for basic services and support. It has to end and end now.
A Message to supporters:
Another piece of the puzzle fell into place yesterday. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott committed to the introduction of the NDIS as a priority for a coalition government.
Creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is now the only issue in modern politics that currently has multi-partisan support. Every Australian leader at state and federal levels is in broad agreement with the NDIS, regardless of their political persuasion.
It’s a rare moment in Australian political history, and it’s something that we can all be proud of.
But there is still a long way to go.
The NDIS is critical to hundreds of thousands of Australian men, women and children with disability and their families, carers and supporters.
The NDIS cannot remain an aspiration. We need to make the NDIS real in 2012.
As a first step, we want you to meet with your Federal MP as soon as you can – especially if they haven’t yet shown their support for the NDIS by taking an “I count” photo. Talk to your representative about why Australia urgently needs an NDIS. Ask for their help to make the NDIS real this year.
The Every Australian Counts campaign welcomes the statement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott at the National Press Club today in Canberra.
Mr Abbott has today given the strongest statement of support for the NDIS from the opposition saying that:
“The coalition strongly supports the Productivity Commission’s recommendation for a disability insurance scheme but, with an estimated price tag of $6 billion a year this important and necessary reform can’t fully be implemented until the budget returns to strong surplus”.
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