News | 12 December 2014

Call for a comprehensive blueprint for the NDIS rollout ahead of today’s minsters meeting

“If I could sit in the room with the disability ministers today, I have one message for them. We need to know it’s coming, we need to know when it’s coming so we can plan. We need you to see it through.”

Heike Fabig

Every Australian Counts supporter and mother of two children with disability

“The disability community is sending our politicians a clear message prior to the Ministerial Council on Disability Reform today. The time for talking is coming to an end. It’s time for action, we want the Ministers to outline the full rollout strategy for the NDIS.”

John Della Bosca,
Every Australian Counts Campaign Director

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The supporters of Every Australian Counts campaign have sent over 1300 emails in the last 48 hours calling on the state and federal disability ministers to clarify when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out.
Today is the Ministerial Council on Disability Reform – all the state and territory Ministers will be meeting to discuss the progress of the NDIS.

This week Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield has said that there will be no delay to the rollout of the NDIS unless requested by the state and territory governments.

John Della Bosca, continued “Tomorrow is a great opportunity for the State Ministers to tell Senator Fifield that they have no interest in a delay. In my opinion we can have the timetable locked in tomorrow, once and for all.”

“The Ministers and their departments must work flat out so that by the first COAG meeting of 2015 they are ready to announce the comprehensive blueprint to take the NDIS to every Australian who needs support.

“In just over 18 months’ time, the NDIS is due to start expanding from 30,000 participants in the trial sites to 460 000 around the country. People with disability, their families and carers need to know how and when they will be included in the NDIS.”

“The NDIS is life changing and will provide excellent opportunities, but uncertainty about how the scheme will be implemented is an issue for many families.”

John Della Bosca concluded “People with disability, their families and carers have fought long and hard for the NDIS, and now they need ministers to see it through.”

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