All Australians need a no-fault insurance scheme for everyone who has, or acquires a significant disability. Australia’s approach to disability services is crisis-driven and welfare-based. A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) would change this.
The Scheme would provide funding for essential care, support, therapy, aids, equipment, home modifications and access to the community, education and training.
At the moment, if you become disabled after being injured in a workplace or a motor-vehicle accident, you are likely to receive financial support. However, if you are affected by permanent disability, either from birth or as a result of illness or another type of accident, support is not guaranteed.
The campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme is supported across Australia by an unprecedented, politically bi-partisan and rapidly growing coalition of people with disabilities, carers, disability service providers, peak disability bodies and community and welfare organisations.
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten has described the scheme as “a simple yet visionary and exciting idea”.
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