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National Disability Scheme

Legislation was introduced today into federal parliament for the setting up of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Rather than introducing new benefits for all Australians it proposes introducing 5 launch sites in the Barwon area in Victoria, the Hunter in New South Wales and in South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

It is unclear at this stage who in those areas will be entitled to what from the scheme. The legislation includes a broad outline of criteria (including people must be under 65) with many of the conditions being defined as ?subject to the CEO?s decision?.

The impetus for the Scheme was the Productivity Commission report released 10 August 2011. http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support/report

The government website for the NDIS is at http://www.ndis.gov.au/

Posted Monday, 26 November 2012

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