South Australian disability reform campaigners are celebrating the state’s announcement yesterday that it will join New South Wales to sign up to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which has been renamed DisabilityCare Australia.
The NDIS is a historic piece of legislation, intended to help those with a disability and deliver meaningful change to their lives. It is designed to work with them and enable their hopes and aspirations, and is expected to be implemented nationally within the next five years.
This system has the intention to enable and empower those with a disability and give them more flexibility and control over support given.
South Australia’s decisive agreement with the federal government to ensure full implementation of the NDIS from 2018 will take South Australia beyond its first stage NDIS launch site role focusing on children under 14 years. The sign-up to the full scheme will benefit about 33,000 South Australians with a disability by the end of 2018-19.
SA Premier Jay Weatherill said that the “historic signing of the NDIS will give South Australians with a disability the support they need to live dignified, empowered and fulfilling lives”.
The joint investment in the NDIS by the South Australian and Federal government will rise to $1.4 billion by 2018. For more information visit the Every Australian Counts website, or the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.