National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Down Syndrome Victoria supports a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and DSV is an active supporter or the Every Australian Counts campaign.
The NDIS has now been launched in select locations across Australia to better support about 20,000 people with a disability across the nation. In the Barwon region of Victoria, 5000 people with disability will be able to access NDIS style support and care: this means access to comprehensive support packages that meets individual needs, the ability to choose different service providers and to be closely supported by local area co-ordinators so they can better navigate the system.
Down Syndrome Victoria welcomes this progress, however The Productivity Commission estimated about 410,000 people with disability will be eligible for direct support from the NDIS. Clearly, reform is currently only in its infancy, and we need to keep this on the national agenda. We would next look to; Legislate for the NDIS; Set up the independent National Disability Insurance Authority that will operate the NDIS and;Table a long term funding and implementation plan that will guarantee the full roll out of the NDIS across the nation beyond the current launch sites.
Ten reasons why to support the NDIS.
Refer to the everyaustraliancounts.com.au for more information about how you can become involved.