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Gallagher and Burch stand behind the NDIS levy

By Barcham - 1 May 2013 2

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.

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Gallagher and Burch stand behind the NDIS levy
dungfungus 9:27 am 02 May 13

Extension of the Medicare Levy of 0.5 percent = increase in Medicare Levy of 33.33 percent.

Why don’t they say it as it is?

HiddenDragon 9:58 pm 01 May 13

The levy is a good start towards funding this important, but very large commitment. Let’s see if there is much more detail in the Federal and Territory Budgets about the total funding – the levy increase will only raise about one quarter of the estimated eventual cost, and it’s hard to imagine that the actual eventual cost won’t exceed the estimates. With the Territory Budget already under a good deal of pressure, I will be most interested to hear of any plans for funding the extra contribution which I assume will be required of us locally.

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