Government must confirm how they will pay for the NDIS
News overnight confirms the Federal Government’s intention to scrap the additional 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare levy to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This increase had been a major announcement of the 2017 Federal Budget. The move was welcomed by the disability sector as a means to put uncertainty about NDIS funding to rest.
Last night’s announcement raises uncertainties and now the government must confirm how they intend to pay for the NDIS and ensure its funding into the future is beyond doubt.
Dr Ken Baker, Chief Executive of National Disability Services, said: "The government must spell out how the NDIS will be funded and reiterate its guarantee to the disability community that it will be funded and fully funded."
"The government must go as far as they possibly can to removing any uncertainty about the security of this funding for this very important reform."
Dr Baker continued: "Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has not been smooth. The operating environment has presented major obstacles and the pricing continues to be inadequate to allow for high-quality disability services."
"The disability community needs certainty for NDIS funding so we can get on with the job of fixing implementation issues to ensure the scheme will deliver on its great promise for people with disability."
Ken Baker featured in this ABC news story on the Medicare levy announcement today.