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Aug 10, 2011
Daniel Kyriacou

State Government Responses: NDIS Announcement


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NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s report which recommends a National Disability Insurance Scheme, but has warned that the hard work is still ahead of us to ensure the scheme becomes a reality.

“After a long campaign, today we have a vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia. It is long overdue,” Mr Constance said.

“I would like to thank the thousands of people that have joined the Every Australian Counts campaign, but it’ll be seven or eight years before this scheme is fully implemented, and the fight needs to continue.”


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The Victorian Coalition Government welcomes today’s release of the Productivity Commission report into a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

An NDIS has the potential to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable Victorians – people with a disability, their families and carers.

“Next week’s COAG meeting offers an important opportunity to commit to and begin work on a scheme which will transform the lives of people living with a disability, their families and their carers,” Mr Baillieu said.


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The Tasmanian Government has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of plans to establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Acting Human Services Minister, Michelle O’Byrne, said the State Government would work with the Commonwealth and other States and Territories to build the foundations for the scheme.

“Tasmania has already expressed its desire to be part of the initial roll out of the scheme, and we will continue to promote this with the Federal Government,” she said.


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The Queensland Government supports the Federal Government’s decision to lay the foundations for implementing a National Disability Insurance Scheme as recommended by the Productivity Commission, Minister for Disability Services Curtis Pitt announced today.

Mr Pitt expressed Queensland’s in-principle support for the Productivity Commission’s final report into reforming the way disability services are delivered in Australia.

However he acknowledged that the Bligh Government would take time to carefully consider the final report and the Federal Government’s proposals before offering unconditional support.


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The South Australian Government has given its in-principal support to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) however it will look to participate in further discussions on its delivery and funding, Treasurer Jack Snelling said today.  “The concept of the NDIS would involve a fundamental change in the way disability services are provided, managed and funded,” he said.

“We support in-principal the concept of a national scheme and the consistency it would provide however we want to make sure that if the State Government is making a contribution to the NDIS, South Australians with a disability are being properly looked after.


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Disability Services Minister Helen Morton has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission report into a national care and support scheme for people with disability.

Mrs Morton said national reform had the potential to provide increased funding, greater certainty and consistency of services across the country, but said West Australians would not benefit from handing over responsibility for disability services or funding to a national bureaucracy.


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The Federal Government’s announcement today to commence work on the implementation of a National Disability Insurance Scheme is an important step towards improving an ailing system, ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch said.

“I welcome the release today of the Productivity Commission’s report into Disability Care and Support, and the Federal Government’s move to show leadership on a national issue that the states and territories cannot possibly address on their own,” Ms Burch said.

“The ACT Government hopes these proposals will increase the level of support available to people with disabilities and give them greater control over the supports they receive, and I look forward to working with my interstate and Federal counterparts to progress these necessary reforms.”


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  • and frankly guys…we are looking way better then the east coast..we would want to be REALLY carefull before we let the Commonwealth stuff us up !!

    • Hi Catrina,

      Do you guys have a no fault system for traffic accidents or medical disability?

  • The scary thing is this is COAG. You remember the COAG committee that the Priminister mentioned. What’s more important to the liberal premiers is making sure they dont appear to agree with a labour federal government. Sounds a bit like Medicare debt starting all over again. If they gave a dam about disability and not their next fiscal statement they would offer up the funds to the federal government so as to be equal in ratio to the highest state. Then get out of the way, I would like to have one group of politicians to pester, badger and generally annoy until it’s done.

    WA needs to get over the “no one understands our states needs”. WA is part of the Australian economy not all of it. This isn’t an issue for state based partisanship, they need to under stand that this is about the chance to fix the system for all.

  • It looks like all parties both Feds and State are in princible support of the NDIS.
    So lets go for it. It’s not a political football to be played around with. it’s a major social reform that’s been missing in this great country of ours.
    GO FOR IT.

  • It’s great that this got up. But we need to be very vigilant.
    But I do not see one word of remorse here for decades of neglect and deprivation from each and every state/territory. How will they be part of a solution when they cannot recognise their current performance is such a problem.
    BTW, last time I looked Minister Burch from the ACT was not Minister for Disability … that title disappeared in the recent Ministerial reshuffle … which shows perzactly how important disability issues are to the ACT Government.

    • Here, here…..

  • Its ok to deter the movement by agreeing to the biggest reform this country will ever see. There is no need to delay the outcome. The Politician’s superannuation and retirement funds dont have a waiting period. We have got enough big mines that can assist with intial funding to get it up and going. Just one more thing ….. the best state of Queensland needs to do the trial first. I am glad you all agree… Queenslander

  • To all Politicians,
    People with disabilities have been SHUT IN (institutionalised) and SHUT OUT (marginalised) for long enough.
    I implore you all to cast aside your political colours and your Commonwealth/State biases and get on with the job of implementing the recommendations of the productivity commission report including the introduction of a NDIS as soon as is possible.
    People with disabilities and their families have been waiting for long enough to have access to all that the rest of us take for granted.
    Get on with the job and do not turn this in to a political football. This is right for Australia – it gives highly vulnerable Australians the opportunity for a Fair Go!

  • I had the privelege of being invited to speak at a Disabilitea in Rockhampton in Queensland.
    One of the observations that I shared with that group was that it was vital for people with a disability, their carers and families to be intimately involved in the development of the NDIS rather than leaving it to politicians, bureaucrats and service providers because these are the very people who are responsible at least in part for the system we have today.

    I saw the comments from the state governments who all appear to support an NDIS “in principle” and I thought that this sounded like something from Don Watson’s weasel words. However I was concerned about the comment in part from the Western Australian Minister where: “Mrs Morton said national reform had the potential to provide increased funding, greater certainty and consistency of services across the country.”
    My response to that part of Minister Morton’s comments is that “increased funding, greater certainty and consistency of services,” does not represent enough change!
    An NDIS that just brings more money will not be enough!
    My view is that an NDIS must vest control with people with a disability, so that they no longer face a poverty/charity model but an entitlement, citizenship and rights model. This neccesarily changes the relationships that are fundamental to an effective NDIS.

  • In 45 years, as a parent/carer and advocate I have worked on many local, State and National committees. I have lived disability and I have seen many commitments, promises and retractions, Party politics – irrespective of the Government/s of the day – have superceded the need for total reform.We now have an independent report that tells it like we have lived it – for decades – and we – the people have finally got the politicians to listen.
    We cannot afford to relax the pressure – rather we need to increase it – because this will not happen if the States don’t accept that splitting the responsibility between Federal and State Governments has always been a core flaw. The NDIS has nothing to do with dis-empowering the States – and shame on any State that would suggest this. It is all about empowering people with a disability, their families and carers.
    The national disability sector is the most united it has been-in my lifetime. We need to keep it that way as we all fight to improve the lives of those for whom we advocate.The suggested trials, when they happen – should be representative of the diversity of Australia – urban, regional, remote – and in more than one State.
    My congratulations to the wonderful workers in the campaign offices – this would not have happened without your co-ordination. We are now united, on cue, and determined to keep up the pressure. No longer can Governments use the “divide and conquer” mentality – Let’s keep it all together.

  • As a Queenslander and the carer of a 33 year old disabled son, I implore the Queensland government to give unconditional support to the NDIS and to all people with disabilities and their carers. This support is needed to give both parties more certainty and assistance in living their live to their optimum abilities

  • I find it disappointing that the Victorian [Liberal] Premiers’ statement was far more positive than most of the others governments’ representatives, particularly Queenslands’.
    I can not see why this needs to take the suggested 7-8 years to be fully imlemented. Sounds like a lot of wasted money on committee time to me, money that could be better spent on people who need support now.

  • NDIS is fantastic news for people with disabilities – especially those with mental health issues. The chance to simplify and standardise all care and support services across Australia (such as the NSW Lifetime Care & Support system) is great.

    Let’s look at feedback from people under the current schemes – the schemes are over complicated and over red-taped. Valuable Government funds are being wasted on over-sized, over-powered middle management styled structures.

    Opportunity to give the Government some clear direction with disability support and schemes is here – let’s go for it!

  • I welcome the PM’s announcement re NDIS, but I know there is such a long way to go before this is a reality. We all need to keep this at the top of the agenda as so many lives rely on this very long overdue reform. This will take a lot of planning and I accept that it will take a few years to implement if we want to get it right – and we do want to make sure it is done once and done well. However, before this is a reality, there are people who are in desperate need and we must make sure that there is funding available for those people who are not currently receiving funding and are in need.

  • The NDIS is our opportunity to get disability out of the welfare system into an entitlement scheme, however we need to be careful that it is not sold as another levy. Human nature, being what it is, it needs to be sold so that people realise that “this could help me”.
    We also have to ensure that the majority of the money is not being swallowed up in bureaucracy. We do not need a huge new bureaucracy . That is my concern with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations. My daughter is now in her 40s and, over the years, I have seen so many expectations dashed because of the huge amounts of money being channeled into bureaucracy and then not getting to the base roots.

  • Unfortunately the scheme won’t be in place for another seven or eight years. I worry about what is going to happen in that time. I know things like this can’t happen overnight but I still think eight years is a long time to wait especially for those disabled people.They have been waiting for something like this for years and to wait another eight years is really disheartening.

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