According to the Turnbull Government, the increase in the Medicare Levy is enough to fund the NDIS. But the peak disability body in Australia wants to see it.
According to the Turnbull Government, a small increase in the Medicare Levy in the 2018/2019 Budget is all that’s required to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is the peak organisation in the disability sector, representing people with lived experience of disability. AFDO’s mission is to champion the rights of people with disability in Australia and support them to fully participate in Australian life. AFDO has strong relationships not just with its member organisations, but across the disability sector including peaks representing service providers as well as those representing families and carers.
AFDO played a key role in the campaign for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), through its role as a founding member of the National Disability and Carer Alliance.
In response to the Turnbull Government’s decision, Mr Ross Joyce, CEO of AFDO said, “Despite the Government reiterating its full support of the NDIS, we must seek an assurance that the NDIS will be fully funded for the long-term and we call on the Turnbull Government to provide full transparency, showing how long-term funding of the NDIS will be achieved.
“We welcome the news that the Commonwealth Budget is in a strong position. However, people with disability and their families need to know that funding is there for the long-term, not Budget-to-Budget. We need an assurance that this funding is sustainable.”
As the NDIS has moved through the trial phase and begun the transition to full scheme, AFDO and its members have continued to work constructively with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), as well as Commonwealth and State and Territory governments to provide critical feedback and address implementation issues as they arise.
“People with disability, their families, and the wider Australian community are over the NDIS being used for political point-scoring. Australians have spoken; they fully support their NDIS, and they don’t want a debate each year over the level of funding to be provided for the NDIS.”
Mr Joyce reiterated that he will not agree with cutting funding to groups that support other vulnerable Australians, or to any other supports needed by people with disability and their families, as a price for fully funding the NDIS, deeming the move as “totally unacceptable”.
AFDO calls on the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Minister for Social Services to provide immediate assurances to people with disability of the Government’s continuing commitment to fully fund the NDIS ongoing, and to provide details on how they propose to ensure this happens.