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Disability carers need urgent financial support increase

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 15 Feb 2010

Carers of disabled people need immediate financial relief while system-wide funding reform occurs, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"The Federal Government is currently conducting a feasibility study into a national disability insurance scheme, but this does not address the immediate and urgent needs of carers now," said Senator Siewert.

"Funding problems for the disability sector won't be addressed over night and long-term systemic change is required.

"But in the mean time the Government should implement the top three recommendations of the ‘Who Cares?' Report by the House Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth.

"These included increasing the base rate of income support for carers and reviewing means-testing thresholds.

"Increasing respite and in-home assistance for carers and providing more options for carers to manage their own services were also identified as urgent priorities.

"We know that wholesale system change is not something that can be rushed if we want to get it right.

"But it is not good enough to leave people in the lurch for the years and years this will take."

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