In the Media

NDIS will revolutionise disability services across Australia

The Leader

“I will be opening the Barossa Community Disability Expo next weekend ahead of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launch for adults on July 1 this year. The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation reform for people with disability and will revolutionise disability services across Australia.

There has been strong community support for the NDIS, because the old disability support system was underfunded, unfair and inefficient and gave people with disabilities little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports. The stresses on the system are growing, with rising costs for all governments.

I was first elected in 2010, and since then I have been contacted by thousands of people with disability in crisis because they do not have adequate support. Having a disability in South Australia has become a full time job for many, due to the time spent navigating a confusing and broken system, filling out endless forms and so on. The system was not working and often resulted in people being socially and economically excluded.

The NDIS is designed to provide “reasonable and necessary” disability support for people with significant, lifelong disability. It funds services to provide personal care, therapies, social access and inclusion, and in some cases accommodation support.

The Barossa Valley, along with the northern suburbs of Adelaide, will be the first place in SA to have adults included in the scheme as participants. This change is just a few weeks away. The NDIS will bring opportunity and jobs for people with disability, their family carers and people working in the disability sector in the Barossa region. The funding is twice as much as was previously made available, so there is the chance for innovative disability service providers to meet a new market demand and provide more jobs for local people.

Disability can strike anyone at any time – it’s not an exclusive club. You can’t predict when you or a family member might have a stroke, be diagnosed with a degenerative condition, or have a child who is born with a disability. That’s why, overwhelmingly, South Australians support the new funding model.

A fully funded NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that a more coordinated and better resourced system is being rolled out, should you need disability support now, or in the future. As the Productivity Commission said in 2010, the NDIS will assist all Australians with disability, and their family carers, to better participate in the social and economic life of our nation.”

Dignity Party MLC, Kelly Vincent