ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch has revealed the funding details for the National Disability Scheme.
By 2019-20, the ACT Government will provide about $167 million a year to the cost of care and support for people with disability in the ACT through DisabilityCare Australia. This will be 49 per cent of the cost of the ACT scheme, consistent with the full scheme agreement reached between the Commonwealth and NSW.
By 2019-20, the Commonwealth Government will contribute around $175 million to the scheme for ACT residents. In addition, the Commonwealth will cover the full cost of people who turn 65 and choose to remain in the scheme.
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“Under the Project Agreement the total investment from ACT and Commonwealth Governments from July 2013 to July 2015 will be $16 million. The ACT Government will contribute $5.5 million and the Commonwealth Government will contribute $10.6 million.”
• $9.3 million dollars in Enhanced Services that will prepare eligible Canberrans for choice and control under DisabilityCare; and
• $6.8 million dollars in programs to support people with disability, their families and providers to get ready for DisabilityCare.
The $9.3 million dollars will be invested in:
• One-off grants to eligible people in the ACT to access supports which will improve their quality of life and independence, while also providing a break for their families.
• Recruitment of Individual Planners who will support people with disability and their families to plan and manage their individual grants under the Enhanced Service Offer.
• The development of a Mobile Evening Service in the ACT.
The $6.8 million dollars will be invested in:
• Programs and support for people with disability and their families to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by choice and control under an Disability Care Australia; and
• Helping providers to prepare for the changes this will bring.
The full statement is available here.