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PWD welcomes early release of the Final Report on Disability Care and Support

Wed, 03 Aug 2011, 04:46 PM

PWDMedia Release, PWD, 2 August 2011

People with Disability Australia Inc. (PWD) is looking forward to the public release of Final Report by the Productivity Commission into Disability Care and Support, which was presented to the Federal Government on Sunday.
“The release of this Report will be an absolute landmark occasion for all people with disability in Australia. We expect that in presenting this Report, the Productivity Commission has sent a strong message to the Government that the management of disability support in Australia cannot continue in the fragmented manner that is has done in the past,” says Jan Daisley, President of PWD.  
“We are especially pleased that Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas have committed to releasing the report at the earliest opportunity.  It is vitally important that all of us who are involved in the disability sector read what the final report recommends, so that we can begin working out the detail and advocating  for the implementation of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS),” says Ms Daisley.
PWD also urges all federal parliamentarians to support a new national disability support system, fully funded by an NDIS, which will enable people with disability to control their own supports and have greater control of their lives.
“We need a new system which is fair, individually-focused, and which is provided equitably across the country, ensuring all people have access to funds and supports. This will be a significant departure from the current approach of the largely state-based system, which has proven to be inconsistent and has created vast gaps in the services and resources available to people with disability in the different States and Territories,” says Ms Daisley.
PWD is keen to see the detail of how organisations of and for people with disability can expect to grow and develop, in order to be able to provide assistance to those people who need it to manage their own support arrangements.  It is hoped that the recommendations about Disability Support Organisations made in the Interim Report are strengthened in the final report, with greater detail about how these are to be resourced and the role that peak bodies will play in the decisions that need to be made in the lead-up to the implementation of the new system.
“It is people with disability themselves, as consumers, who will be driving this new system.  We must start building capacity within Australia’s peak and advocacy sector now to assist those people with disability who may require assistance in understanding how they can shape the support they are entitled to , in order to fully make the most of their lives,” says Ms Daisley.
Media Contact:
Daphnee Cook
Communications and Membership Development Manager
People with Disability Australia Incorporated

Phone: 02 9370 3100      Toll Free: 1800 422 015
Email: daphneec@pwd.org.au
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.  We have a cross-disability focus - we represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.  PWD is a non-profit, non-government organisation.
Our vision is of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are respected and celebrated.  This vision underpins everything that we do.

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