The draft legislation for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to Federal Parliament on Thursday 29 November 2012.
This Bill will give people with disability a right to realise their potential, and to make choices and be in control of the decisions that affect their lives.
People with disability, their families and carers have been waiting a long time for this change. This Bill marks another real step forward in making an NDIS a reality.
A reality that will start in less than a year.
The draft legislation sets out a framework for the national scheme – the first stage of which will benefit more than 20,000 people with disability, their families and carers in the Hunter in NSW, the Barwon area of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the ACT. The legislation will establish the NDIS Launch Transition Agency as an independent body, working with people to identify their goals and aspirations, and providing them with the support they need to help them reach their full potential.
The Agency will also work with service providers and other organisations to make sure people with disability can access the kind of care and support they need to pursue their goals, including supporting carers in their important role.
The Bill to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be considered closely by the Parliament, people with disability, their families, carers, and advocates, and by the disability sector before being finalised in 2013.
Please take time to read through the legislation overview and the legislation, and to have your say. This is available at: http://www.ndis.gov.au/