Watershed moment for people with disability as Federal/State NDIS Agreements get signed in Victoria and New South Wales

 

Media Release: 16 September 2015

Today Victoria and New South Wales signed the NDIS bi-lateral agreements with the Federal Government guaranteeing the full roll out of the NDIS for over 50% of Australians.

“This is a watershed moment for people with disability and their families in Australia, and for the NDIS” said Australian Federation of Disability Organisations CEO Matthew Wright, speaking on behalf of 12 disability and family national organisations.

“It sets in stone the full roll out of the NDIS in Victoria and New South Wales. People with disability can finally feel confident that full scheme roll out will happen.

“I would like to congratulate Minister Fifield, Minister Foley and Minister Ajaka for their historical work on this agreement”.

“We can now get on with the work of fundamentally changing the lives of people with disability and their families for the better”

Whilst this is a great step forward, it's critical now that other states sign on as soon as possible.

“I urge the other state and territory ministers to complete their bi-lateral agreements as soon as possible” said Mr Wright.

“We cannot abide a situation where a person with disability in Victoria can obtain support and 100 meters away in South Australia there is no support”.

“You cannot just set up an NDIS overnight, setting up a state office takes time to do the important things like train high quality staff.”

“The NDIS was set up as a national scheme for good reason, which is why the remaining states and territories must move quickly to finalise their agreements.”

 

Please direct all enquiries to AFDO CEO, Mr Matthew Wright on 0428 608 861.

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