MS Australia today joins other disability peak organisations such as NDS, Every Australian Counts and PWDA, in calling for more information as to how the Federal Government intends to pay for the NDIS.
News overnight of the government’s intention to scrap the 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS has raised concerns in the MS community.
Deidre Mackechnie, CEO, MSA Australia said, “The MS community needs certainty and reassurance that the NDIS will be fully funded and that the roll out timetable will be met. This is such a major reform for the Australian community that any funding uncertainty raises doubts and fears in the minds of those already participating in and those seeking access to the scheme. Further, those newly diagnosed with MS, want ongoing reassurance that the scheme will be fully funded and operating, should they need to access it at some time in the future.”
MS Australia sought a commitment to full funding and timely roll out of the NDIS from all major parties in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election. “We have been banging this drum ever since”, said Ms Mackechnie, “and at the same time doing our best to raise the concerns of the MS community dealing with NDIS implementation issues in a constructive way. We now call on the government to re-commit to fully funding the NDIS and make its funding intentions clear, so that the great promise of the NDIS can be delivered to all people with MS living with a disability”.
National Disability Services statement:
People with Disability Australia statement: