What's a NDIS?
In 1974, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's Government introduced the Handicapped Persons Assistance Act. However, in 1975 with the legislation before the Senate, his government was dismissed. The disability and care system was then plunged into a dark age.
On the 30th March 2007, Australia became a signatory to the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities.
The following year, over two days on the 19th and 20th April 2008 at Parliament House in Canberra, Kevin Rudd brought together a thousand people from around the nation to host the Australia 2020 Summit, a general discussion to promote ideas on forming a modern nation.
One of the overriding themes was the plight of Australians living with a disability and their carers. He'd listened to case after case of misery, poverty and frustration. Coupled with what he'd heard, it was immediately obvious that Australia was in direct violation of it's commitment to the UN under the convention.
Info4carers has the unique privilege of living within the seat of Griffith, Kevin Rudd's Federal seat. In a recent visit to his office, he said, "People were asking me, why can't we have a better system? I realised we had to do something comprehensive with it, not just skate over it."
He sent a request to the Productivity Commission to find out if implementing a national disability scheme for Australia was possible.
On the 24th of June 2010, Kevin Rudd was deposed as Prime Minister of Australia. Unabated, the Productivity Commission, championed by John Walsh, delivered it's report into Disability Care and Support in Australia. The product was the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). After an exhausting 18 months of research, on the 31st July 2011, it officially delivered it's report to the Federal Government. It hit Parliament House like a brick hurled through the main front doors, highlighting poverty, exclusion and a broken disability support system.
MP's like Bill Shorten further championed the cause. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott went on to state that the NDIS was an idea whose time had come. Prime Minister Julia Gillard affirmed her Governments commitment to the implementation of the scheme.
Welcome to the NDIS. The greatest social reform in Australia's history since Medicare.