The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, hosted the Assistant Minister for Social Services at a local Disability Forum last week in Rowville to discuss disability services and the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Minister Fifield is responsible for disability services at the federal level, including the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Mr Tudge and Minister Fifield took a variety of questions relating to disability services, aged care, service provider accountability, disability education services, 24/7 accommodation and the PBS.
The rollout of the NDIS was a major topic of discussion, with Mr Tudge and Minister Fifield answering detailed questions regarding its applicability and scope.
“When fully implemented, the NDIS will provide aids, equipment, personal attendant care and early intervention to around 460,000 Australians,” said Mr Tudge.
“The NDIS delivers a significant increase in funding for disability services. By 2019-20, the federal and state governments will spend around $22 billion to implement the NDIS in full. This is a $10 billion increase.”
“The NDIS puts the person with disability at the centre of their support needs. They can choose their support providers to get the individual care they need,” said Mr Tudge.
“It was terrific to hear from local residents, carers and service providers about their individual disability support needs.”
“Their feedback helps the government develop the NDIS so that it can better meet their needs,” said Mr Tudge.