The Intergovernmental Agreement for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launch is an important step towards creating a fair and accessible disability support system for all Australians. This agreement was signed by the Australian Government and the state and territory governments in 2012, with the aim of improving the lives of people with disability through individualized care and support.
The NDIS is a unique approach to disability support, which provides funding to individuals with disabilities to access the services and supports they need to live a full and independent life. With the NDIS, people with disability have more control over the services they receive, allowing them to choose providers and services that best meet their needs.
The Intergovernmental Agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Australian Government, as well as the state and territory governments, in implementing the NDIS. It also sets out the funding arrangements and other key details, such as eligibility criteria and the nature of the supports and services that are available.
Under the NDIS, people with disability receive an individualized care plan that identifies their goals and the services they need to achieve them. These plans are developed in consultation with the individual and their support network, and are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they remain relevant and effective.
The NDIS has been rolled out gradually across Australia, with full implementation expected by 2020. As of 2019, over 300,000 Australians with disability are receiving support through the NDIS, with the number expected to increase as more people become eligible.
Overall, the Intergovernmental Agreement for the National Disability Insurance Scheme launch represents an important milestone in creating a more inclusive and supportive society for people with disability. Through the NDIS, individuals with disability have greater access to the services and supports they need to live a full and independent life, and are empowered to make choices about their own care and support.