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Expansion of the NDIS - Great News for Australia

6th Nov 15

Back in June, I wrote about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its current trial. As a reminder, the NDIS:

“is about focusing on the individual – through connecting and supporting people with a permanent and significant disability with people and services, within specific regions of Australia, in regards to helping them achieve their dreams of independence.”[1]

It seems from this earlier article in June, the NDIS has had a significant shift in uptake and has recently been rolled out in New South Wales and Victoria.

As reported on 16 September 2015, People with Disability Australia (PWDA)* were one of the first organisations to celebrate and congratulate the central government factions of Australia, NSW and Victoria.

“We welcome this commitment by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews”, PWDA President, Craig Wallace said. “It's great to see such a significant commitment to the NDIS so early in the life of a refreshed government and at the Prime Minister’s first major press conference.

The NSW and VIC agreements will provide some much needed peace of mind for people with disability and families.  However, we are still awaiting agreements in other States and Territories, and we urge all States and Territories to follow NSW and Victoria’s lead.” [2]

 

This is an extremely important step in the right direction as the investment now is what will lead to great lives for those with disabilities into the future through greater support mechanism and trained professionals.

It is possible to access more information about the NDIS and its rollout in the specific areas of New South Wales and Victoria. Be sure to follow-up with the opportunities that may spring up in your regions. For more information:

New South Wales

The NDIS will roll out by District and those people currently receiving supports through the NSW Government specialist disability services will be moving first.

Victoria

Like NSW, in Victoria the NDIS will roll out across the state. People currently receiving support from the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live and the type of support they receive.

Along with New South Wales and Victoria, on September 25 2015 the Queensland Government announced that the NDIS will be available to North Queensland (Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island) from early 2016 – six months earlier than anticipated. This is significant, with around “1600 people are expected to be eligible for the NDIS in the early transition sites, with up to 600 of these people expected to receive their funded packages before 1 July next year.”[3]

The commitment from the Queensland Government in relation to the rollout of the NDIS is extremely positive and it’s not just those with disabilities that are to gain; Queensland’s Premier, Annastacia Paluszczuk, states that it will bring “huge economic benefits, creating 13,000 additional jobs in Queensland’s disability sector and injecting around $4 billion each year into the state’s economy.”[4]

If you’re suffering from a disability or a carer of someone with a disability and want to learn more about the NDIS and the support and mechanisms in place to help you, refer to the NDIS website (http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/) for more information.

As stated previously, Vestner are only a very small cog in the larger wheel when considering people with disabilities, but it is great to see that a shift to a person-centred approach. We at Vestner look forward to working alongside our Australian distributors to providing independent living and support via Vestner’s product throughout Australia and the continued national rollout of the NDIS.

 

*PWDA is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation, who have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability. Their vision is of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are respected and celebrated

 

[1] http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/faqs/so-how-is-the-ndis-different/

[2] http://ymlp.com/zB3lwR

[3] http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/breaking-news-early-ndis-start-for-queensland/

[4] http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/breaking-news-early-ndis-start-for-queensland/

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As National Sales and Operations Manager, Mark’s role includes building and maintaining business relationships, and managing and overseeing larger projects, all while keeping a watchful eye out for business opportunities.  Having a background in the health and disability sector provides Mark with the necessary understanding to assist clients when considering access solutions for people with mobility requirements.

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