Providing lifetime support for people with disabilities

Mr Jason Clare, Member for Blaxland welcomed the Productivity Commission Report into long term care and support of Australians with disability.

“The Productivity Commission found that Australia’s current disability services system is unfair, underfunded and fragmented,” Mr Clare said.

The Productivity Commission recommends the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme that would entitle all Australians to care and support in the event of significant disability.

It also proposes a separate National Injury Insurance Scheme that would be a federation of state-based no-fault accident insurance schemes.

“In line with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, the Government, with the States and Territories, will start work immediately on building the foundations for reform,” Mr Clare said.

“It will mean that Australians with significant disabilities will have full coverage for the costs of long-term disability care and support.

“It also means that any Australian who acquires a disability or whose child is born with a disability can have confidence that they will get the help they need.

“The Productivity Committee’s recommend that a National Disability Insurance Scheme would operate like Medicare, in that all Australians with a significant and ongoing disability would get long-term care and support.”

The schemes recommended by the Productivity Commission will provide the following support to people with a disability:

  • Aids and appliances (eg. Prosthetics and communication aids);
  • Home and vehicle modification;
  • Personal care (eg. Help with showering, dressing, personal hygiene, eating and exercises);
  • Community access (eg continuing education, social activities)
  • Respite care;
  • Specialist accommodation support;
  • Domestic assistance (eg. Assistance with shopping and meal preparation)
  • Transport assistance;
  • Employment assistance services;
  • Therapies (eg. Occupational and physiotherapy)
  • Crisis and emergency support; and
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs.

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