In The Media | 7 September 2015

Victoria and New South Wales strike disability scheme breakthrough

Victoria has reached a landmark agreement with Canberra to permanently fund the national disability insurance scheme, quashing any doubts that it could be delayed by the cash-strapped Abbott government in an effort to repair the budget.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews met NSW Premier Mike Baird in Sydney on Friday, and with both states close to signing a historic deal with Canberra, the disability support scheme can move from a trial phase to full coverage.

Mr Andrews, Mr Baird and Prime Minister Tony Abbott are expected to announce the funding agreement later this month.

The breakthrough follows reports of a push from within federal cabinet’s expenditure review committee to slow the scheme’s rollout in order to curb the cost.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald