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Improved care and disability support services

Improved care and disability support services

Published: 16th August 2011

The Productivity Commission's final inquiry report into Disability Care and Support recommended that:

  • A National Disability Insurance Scheme should be created to provide all Australians with insurance for the costs of support if they or a family member acquire a disability. The scheme will provide individually tailored care and support to around 410, 000 people with significant disabilities from every region in Australia.
  • A National Injury Insurance Scheme should be created to provide no fault insurance for anyone who suffers a catastrophic injury.

The Commission outlined that the creation of these schemes would ensure that every Australian can have confidence that they will receive the care and support they need if they are born with, or acquire, a disability.

The report stated that it would take at least seven years to transform disability services.

The Government announced that it supports the Productivity Commission's vision and wants financially sustainable reform of Australia’s disability services to provide individuals with the support they need over the course of their lifetime.

 With the support of State and Territory governments, the Australian Government has announced that it will start work immediately on building the foundations for reform, specifically:

  • Delivering an immediate, additional $10 million, consistent with the Commission’s recommendations, to support the necessary technical policy work;
  • Moving to establish a COAG (Council of Australian Governments) Select Council of Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories to lead reform in this area at the COAG meeting next month;
  • Taking steps to establish an Advisory Group to the Select Council, led by Dr Jeff Harmer, former Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs, to provide expert advice on delivering the foundations for reform and preparation for launch.