A NDIS for Australia

A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will significantly improve the quality of life and services for those living with a disability.

The Greens support the development of such a scheme which will ensure a person living with a disability - no matter how it was acquired - will have appropriate and adequate services.

Planning for the implementation of the NDIS is underway and I’m carefully monitoring progress.

Evidence presented to the Senate Committee Affairs Committee inquiry into Ageing with a Disability found that lifelong planning of care needs for people with a disability is very important but there are a number of barriers to this occurring.

These barriers include lack of accommodation, respite care and support services and the difficult interface between disability and aged care services.

The inquiry also received evidence that as people move from the disability system into aged care that service support can change and in some cases be worse.

I am therefore concerned by recent reports that the Government plans to limit access to the NDIS to those who acquire their disability under the age of 65.

This approach is likely to create a two tier system. Our aged care services are not necessarily the right services to provide care for people living with a disability simply because they are over 65. This seems to be contrary to the spirit of the NDIS.

Article 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) stipulates that people with disability must be involved in all decisions that affect their lives.

While the Government has significant planning and development under way, and has ensured that service providers are involved and supported in the process, I have had concerns represented to me that people with disability may not be as involved as much as they should be.

The NDIS represents a fundamental shift of control to people with disability over the choice and management of their disability supports and must involve people with disability at all level of development.

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NDIS levy passes Parliament, but disappointment as WA remains on the outer

16 May 2013

The Australian Greens say the passage today of the NDIS levy provides a cornerstone of care, support and security for Australians with disability.

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Greens welcome important NDIS investment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability

16 May 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed the announcement of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia ten point plan for the implementation of the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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NDIS gets long term funding as WA remains on the outer

14 May 2013

With a decade of funding confirmed for the NDIS, the WA Government cannot continue to delay joining the scheme, the Australian Greens said today.

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Premier's inaction sees WA isolated on the NDIS

13 May 2013

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said that WA Premier Colin Barnett should stop playing state rights politics with the NDIS.

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Greens look forward to NDIS debate, but people need to know where Mr Abbott stands

02 May 2013

The Australian Greens welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that NDIS legislation will come before parliament in the next session and look forward to beginning negotiations as soon as possible," Australian Greens disabilities spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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