Yesterday the ACT was chosen as one of three trial sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with South Australia and Tasmania. The trial will begin in July next year and will involve 5000 Canberrans. Currently 1,400 Canberrans receive disability support. New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have all refused to host trials.
The current cost to the ACT is unknown.
Carers ACT has shown faith in the scheme’s ability to improve the lives of those involved.
“We don’t believe it’s going to be the panacea for everybody’s needs but we think it’ll go a better way to supporting people in need,” [Dee McGrath, Carers ACT chief executive] said.
“They will be able to get better support to enable them to live more independently, to get the services when they need it and not to have to wait or do without.”