Two schemes for national disability insurance

LAST month the federal government released the Productivity Commission’s report which proposed a National Disability Strategy to enhance the quality of life for Australians with disabilities.

A model featuring two schemes is proposed.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be a federal scheme providing long-term care and support, but not income replacement, for people with significant disabilities.

The number of people supported by this scheme will be around 410,000. The NDIS is intended to be implemented over five years, starting in 2014, and will be managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

It is intended that people with disabilities will have greater choice in how their care is delivered and be given the right to contest NDIA decisions.

The National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) will be formed by a federation of separate state-based and territory-based catastrophic injury schemes.