Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King has today hailed as fantastic news the inclusion of Ballarat and the Central Highlands region in the January 2017 rollout of Labor’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Labor built the NDIS because for too long, people with disability had been treated like second class citizens.
Today’s agreement between Victoria and the Commonwealth will transform the lives of thousands of people in our region and ensure people with a disability, and their families get access to the support they need, when they need it.
This is a historic day for Victoria and a victory for people with a disability and their families and loved ones who fought so hard for this reform.
Over 105,000 Victorians will benefit from this support. Carers, families and people with disabilities in our community can now look forward to getting the support, and the certainty they deserve to live the life they choose.
I know of people from our community who have been fighting hard for this – and desperately needed the certainty the NDIS will bring.
Organisations that already work so hard to offer support in our region have now been given the green light to make the most of the NDIS. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for the part they played in making this happen.
The scheme will provide personalised care and support for people with a disability across the whole of Victoria by 1 July, 2019.
Once fully rolled out, the NDIS will put an end to the rationing of services and waitlists for people with disability and their families.