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In addition to thousands of emails that reached the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Chief Minister in the last 24 hours, campaigners took to the media to spell out the effects of the recommendations of the Commission of Audit to people with disabilities and their families.
Among the most vocal were EAC’s Fiona Anderson and WA campaigner Jo Russell who talked about what it means at the frontline of disability and family life to hear the timeline and funding of the NDIS called into question yet again. Fiona also referred to the fact that in the last quarterly review individual funding packages were actually coming down which begged the question of why there needed to be talk of capping, particularly at this early stage of the process. Click on the bottom two links to listen.
Last week Premier Campbell Newman said Queensland was ready to move to full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Today he has signed an agreement with the Federal Government on the dotted line.
QLD Every Australian Counts campaigner Fiona Anderson and her son will be celebrating this latest development in the campaign for an NDIS and you should too!
12/12/12 was the day the light at the end of the NDIS tunnel shone more brightly in Queensland, giving hope to tens of thousands of people who have campaigned long and hard for the NDIS.
Premier Campbell Newman chose a visit to a Brisbane adult day service as a platform to announce the Queensland government’s promise to actively move Queensland towards inclusion in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by 2018.
The Premier committed to:
- Nearly doubling current disability funding to $1.77 billion “without caveat” – not dependent on federal government response
- Reforming Queensland’s fault-based motor accident insurance scheme to adopt the no-fault National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS)
If the federal government matched Queensland’s NDIS funding, as they have agreed to in NSW, around $3.5 billion should be available for NDIS support to Queenslanders by 2018, when the scheme will be implemented across the country following pilots in five launch sites.
However the federal Government says Queensland’s offer falls short by up to $300 million and doesn’t meet the NSW benchmark. The premier seemed to leave the door ajar for further negotiations over funding, stating:
“This is the baseline for us, we’re prepared to put more on the table if we can,”
Is politics or money the problem?
Unlike NSW’s Commonwealth-backed announcement, Mr Newman failed to check his numbers with the Federal Government before declaring Queensland’s involvement, amid reports that the number of Queenslanders eligible for the NDIS will be 100,000, up from the Productivity Commission’s estimate of 89,000. The premier also denied the prime minister the opportunity of sharing the stage for this important announcement, unlike the NSW premier.
And while the federal government says Queensland’s offer is not enough, treasurer Tim Nicholls says the federal government should ideally contribute $2.2 billion.
Now more than ever, people with disability, their families and carers and support organisations simply don’t care how politicians settle their funding squabbles.
We want the NDIS rolled out the way the Productivity Commission intended,
as fast as possible to meet existing high level need and enable people to
plan their futures and live better, valued and productive lives.
As the Courier Mail reports, the challenge for both the Queensland and Federal Governments is to keep the doors open, and negotiate in good faith to find both common ground and the extra money, keeping in mind that Queenslanders with disability and their families needed decent support yesterday not 2018.
The Every Australian Counts campaign believes a way forward is possible, and will happen if both sides are willing to find a solution.
Here are 3 reasons for both sides to keep talking:
- Next year is a federal election year
- Both sides of politics need to win or keep Queensland seats
- The NDIS is a big election issue – because of campaigners’ refusal to give up
There’s plenty for real leaders to negotiate with. Please get on with it and sign off the NDIS in Queensland.
The light at the end of the NDIS tunnel is shining on Queensland!
Activists from the Every Australian Counts campaign enthusiastically welcomed the Queensland government’s announcement today of a substantial increase in funding to enable Queensland to be part of the full national implementation of the NDIS.
At a media conference today Premier Newman announced an additional $868 million by 2018-19 to bring total State government NDIS funding commitment to $1.77 billion by 2018-19.
When matched with the expected contribution from the Federal government, NDIS disability funding support for 89,000 Queenslanders with disability is likely to be around $3.5 billion.
“We congratulate the Queensland government on giving real priority to people with disabilities and their families and ensuring Queensland is part of the NDIS” says Every Australian Counts campaign director John Della Bosca.
“While there are many steps to get the NDIS working the way it needs to, today Queenslanders with disability and their families and carers can be assured they will have the supports and service they urgently need. We know the NDIS can’t come fast enough for Queenslanders.”
From Queenslanders with disability, their families and carers, service providers and supporters
Dear Premier Newman and Prime Minister Gillard
Tens of thousands of Queenslanders with disability long to get a job, be financially independent and contribute to our community.
Our family carers have the same vision – to care for disabled family members AND re-join the workforce, plus be part of our local community
To help us on our way to real social and economic participation, we need some up-front investment in support.
Caboolture Physical Disability Support Network President Matt McCracken says it time to revolutionise disability services. ”I want everyone who lives in northern Brisbane who wants to change the system to come along to our NDIS forum and shout “I COUNT!”
Matt’s NDIS community information forum is aimed at people with disability, their families, carers, supporters and service providers who are:
- Sick of fighting for services
- Tired of massive waiting times for equipment
- Over having to beg for support and then be grateful for any tiny little bit
Wednesday 15 June 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Morayfield Community Centre, Morayfield (near Bunnings)
RSVP/details: Matt 0410 660 858, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Disability and Carer Alliance is hosting free forums on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland.
If you are a person with a disability, family member or a carer, this is a great chance to make your views known in the early stages of the design of the NDIS.
While there are no launch sites currently planned for Queensland, it is still important that Queenslanders have the opportunity to have their say about the NDIS in preparation for it’s eventual national roll-out.
Community outcry has forced the Queensland government to reinstate funding for families caring for children and adults with disabilities, according to the Courier Mail.
Families were told via letters in June that Queensland Disability and Community Care Services would no longer fund a range of services, including transport assistance, pharmaceutical products and incontinence aids. The government had claimed the Family Support Program ”adjustments” were necessary to end duplication with other government support or spending on “general family living expenses”.
This backflip is a good decision. Well done Minister Davis.
In the last few days, Premier Newman has received over 1090 emails from Queensland NDIS campaigners, urging him to rethink his economic priorities and place investing in the NDIS at the top of his to-do list.
Families of children with disability have visited the Premier at his electorate office, armed with long lists of how much it costs families to pay for early intervention therapy and equipment – that does not receive decent funding in Queensland.
National and Queensland media have reported the Premier’s refusal to reprioritise government spending to partially pay for an NDIS launch site, unlike LNP governments in NSW and VIC, whose initial reluctance evaporated in the face of public outrage.
And in the last few days Premier Newman’s approval rating has fallen by 9 points.
Maybe Premier Newman should listen to another LNP luminary – Jeff Kennett. The former Victorian premier – not known to be a big spender in his time running Victoria – has urged the federal Liberal-National Party to work out how to fund the NDIS. Jeff says:
With agreement on shared federal-state/territory funding of national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) launch sites now likely, the NDIS is set to be launched in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
But not in Queensland.
While the racing industry receives $110 million in State government funding support, our government could not find $20 million to invest in people with disability to contribute towards a launch site.
Queensland did not provide a detailed submission to the federal government for a launch site.
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- Several Federal Members of Parliament set to hold NDIS forums across Victoria, come and have your voice heard!
- Geelong is in for a double delight as two NDIS forums are held on February 8, 2013! Register today!
- Expert disability panel to discuss NDIS – Frankston – 5 December
- Upcoming NDIS forum in Benalla:15 November
- Rob Mitchell MP and Senator McLucas host NDIS forum in Seymour
- Chelsea, your Federal MP wants to hear your thoughts on the NDIS
- Senator Mclucas invites you to talk about the NDIS in Brand
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