Update from Jenny Macklin & Amanda Rishworth – Celebrating the launch of DisabilityCare Australia
Posted Thursday, 4 July 2013, 12:00 PM
DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, is open for business!
People with disability, their families and carers in four launch sites across the country will start moving into DisabilityCare from today — in the Hunter area in New South Wales, Geelong and the Barwon area in Victoria, in South Australia for children and in Tasmania for young people.
More than 26,000 people with disability, their families and carers will benefit from the first stage of DisabilityCare Australia, which will be gradually implemented over the next few years to make sure people can transition into the scheme smoothly.
By 2019 around 460,000 Australians with significant and permanent disability will be supported by DisabilityCare Australia.
They will have more choice over their supports and more say in how those supports are provided.
This major reform is all about putting people with disability first.
We are so proud to be celebrating the start of DisabilityCare alongside all of you who have made your voices heard so loudly and so successfully.
We would like to congratulate you – all the people with disability, all the families and carers, all the community groups, advocates and workers – who have worked so hard for so long for this day.
You have played a crucial role in shaping DisabilityCare Australia and it is starting today because of you.
We know you have made an enormous contribution and we thank you for your support and dedication to making DisabilityCare Australia a reality.
To find out more about DisabilityCare Australia, including the details of the launch sites that started today, go to www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au.
Jenny Macklin & Amanda Rishworth