Disability insurance set for 2013
DUTY Senator (Labor) for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, believes people with a disability, their families and carers, will welcome news the National Disability Insurance Scheme will start in select locations in 2013.
"The NDIS will be launched in up to four locations from July next year," he said.
"This is great news for local people and there is strong support in our community for this vital reform.
"People are thrilled the Gillard Government is getting on with the job of building the NDIS."
The Federal Government will fund its share of the cost of the initial stage of the NDIS in this week's Budget.
This stage will cover about 20,000 people with profound disability from July 2014.
The launch will commence in the middle of next year - a full year ahead of the timetable set out by the Productivity Commission.
The senator said the desire among people with disability and their carers for a better system became apparent to him during a recent Kayak for Kids event organised by Lifestart.
"The event threw into stark relief the difficulties that people with disability face every day and the challenges their carers must overcome," he said.
"These people are truly inspirational but despite their courage and determination, they still need our help.
"People with disability, their families and carers tell me they are tired of waking up every day to a broken system that doesn't respond to their needs and doesn't give them choice or control.
"People with disability have waited long enough for change.
"They've come together to tell us in one voice that it's time to make an NDIS real and we've heard their call."
Senator Thistlethwaite thanked local supporters for their work in advocating for the NDIS and called on everyone to keep up their good work.
"I know local disability advocates will keep telling their story and campaigning for change.
"Together we can make sure people with disability in our community are getting the care and support they deserve."