ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and ACT Minister for Disability Services Joy Burch have declared their support for the Medicare Levy to pay for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“Having signed up to be one of the first jurisdictions to see full implementation of the NDIS, the ACT is set to benefit from the funds made available through the levy which is expected to raise up to $192 million over a ten year period,” the Chief Minister said.
“We support an extension of the Medicare Levy by 0.5 percent which will deliver full implementation of the NDIS in the ACT because it is the right thing to do.
“It means that around 5,000 Canberrans will be extended the support they need, and allow them to access funds needed to meet the costs associated with the needs relating to their disability.
“The ACT was the first to sign up as a launch site, and signed up to full implementation on 19 April. It means that we have been able to negotiate the best outcome for the ACT and will deliver the support to those who need it sooner,” the Chief Minister said.
ACT Minister for Disability Services, Joy Burch said that the decision to implement a levy ensured certainty in funding arrangements.
“This announcement provides certainty and secures the funding arrangements under the scheme over the long term,” Minister Burch said.