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NDIS update message from the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary

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National Disability Insurance Scheme

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme Update 27 

Dear Friends

Today the Prime Minister introduced legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme into the Commonwealth Parliament. You can watch her speech online here, just as people with disability, their families and carers and NDIS campaigners from around the country did this morning, from the public gallery of the House of Representatives.

The legislation sets out the framework for a national scheme – a framework that will initially operate in five launch sites from mid-next year.

The legislation has been referred to a Senate Committee for their consideration. During their inquiry, the Senate Committee will hear evidence from people with disability, their families and carers about the Bill, which means everyone will have another opportunity to consider the details, and to input into the drafting and design of this important legislation.

Following conversation with people with disability, their families and carers, with service providers and advocates through the Senate Committee, and ongoing work with the states and territories, the Parliament will vote on the Bill next year.

You can also read the Bill and provide feedback through our online forum Your Say.

The last day of Parliament for the year was preceded by a very special event, to recognise the work of truly inspiring people who make such a difference in our community, helping to improve the lives of people with disability.

Jan had the privilege of hosting the 2012 National Disability Awards and congratulating the 13 successful award winners, including individuals and organisations.

This included Dr Rhonda Galbally, the Chair of the National People with Disability and Carer Council, and a long-standing and tireless advocate for the NDIS, who was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award.

The diversity of finalists and recipients has highlighted just how hard Australians from across the country are working to improve the lives of people with disability and raise awareness in their communities.

Our congratulations go to each of the winners for their outstanding and lasting contribution to the disability and wider community.

It has been an amazing year for our shared work to improve the rights, choices and opportunities for people with disability, particularly as we move closer to launching the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Again, we congratulate the recipients of this year’s National Disability Awards and we look forward to continue seeing the great work being done in the community to improve the lives of people with disability.

By working together we can make a difference.
 

Jenny Macklin and Jan McLucas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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