PM announces NDIS funding ahead of schedule

"Australia is ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)," Ms Gillard told a rally in Sydney, one of a number of such events being held today in support of the need for an campaigning for such a scheme.

"Today I can announce that in the May budget my government, your Labor government, will fund our share for the national disability insurance scheme," Ms Gillard told the gathering of almost 2000 people at Sydney's Olympic Park.

"We will launch a full year sooner than the Productivity Commission suggested."