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National Disability Insurance Scheme Update

FaHCSIA have released an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme from the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary.

Dear Friends,

This week we have taken another important step in working towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We’ve been pleased to announce the members of an Advisory Group to work with all governments in laying the foundations for reform of the system of disability care and support.

The new appointees to the Advisory Group are Dr Ken Baker, Dr Lorna Hallahan, Ms Joan McKenna-Kerr, Mr Brendan O’Reilly and Ms Fran Vicary. They will join Advisory Group Chairman Dr Jeff Harmer AO, Dr Rhonda Galbally AO and Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM.

This group will play a very important role as we progress on the path to reform -- making sure people with disability and their carers are at the centre of everything we do.

For too long, the system of care and support for people with disability hasn’t worked for them or their carers.

We want to build a scheme that makes sure people with disability get the care and support they need -- tailored to their individual circumstances, and of their choosing.

It’s very important therefore that as we go about our work to fundamentally reform the system of care and support, we keep the people we’re doing this for -- people with disabilities and their carers -- front of mind.

The members of the Advisory Group bring with them a wealth of knowledge and personal experience that will help us in this important task.

They also bring strong connections with people who have disabilities, and with carers and service providers for people with disability. Part of the Advisory Group’s role is to stay in touch with everyone who wants fundamental reform as we progress.

Over the coming months, they’ll be talking with people right around the country about our work to guide the foundations for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

They will also be drawing on expertise from the disability sector and outside through expert working groups to consider particular elements of reform.

We look forward to working with the Advisory Group, and with each of you, as together, we build a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Jenny Macklin & Jan McLucas

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