In the 2017 Budget speech, the government announced that a 0.5% increase in the Medicare Levy from July 2019 will completely fill the current funding gap in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
When the NDIS is fully rolled out from 2020, the scheme will cost $21 billion and is expected to provide care for 460,000 Australians who have a severe disability.
Monique Cardon, CEO of local disability organisation Fairhaven Services, applauds the recent government announcement.
“Treasurer Scott Morrison cast the budget as based on the principles of fairness, security, and opportunity, with housing and homelessness and the NDIS at the heart of its program”. Ms Cardon said.
“This is fantastic news to our clients and families who will appreciate the assurance of knowing that the future of the NDIS is guaranteed.
As a leading provider of disability supports and services, it will allow Fairhaven to continue to meet the growing needs of the sector, enabling participants to be able to make their own life choices and make decisions to improve their wellbeing and quality and priority in their lives.”
Pat Shandil, Fairhaven’s Community Services Manager said “Medicare closing the gap will ensure more options, flexibility and efficiency when it comes to meeting the wishes and aspirations of each individual – how they choose to live and work, and the ways they choose to manage their health and development supports.
“We are thrilled to know that Australians who live with disability can continue to have greater choice and control over their lives for the foreseeable future”.
The scheme will help to improve the life and opportunities of people who live with disability, not only here on the Central Coast but wherever they go nationwide.