People with disabilities in SA to get full disability insurance scheme
-People with disabilities in SA to get full disability insurance scheme
South Australia has agreed to the full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, from 2018
The scheme will benefit about 33,000 South Australians with a disability by the end of 2018-19.
South Australia was the first State to sign up for the launch of the NDIS - which is focusing on children with disabilities.
The launch is running from July this year to 2016 and involves children with disabilities under 14 years of age.
The announcement today means there will then be a two-year transition period to the full scheme, which will cover all eligible people with a disability.
Premier Jay Weatherill said DisabilityCare Australia will make a massive difference to the lives of people with disabilities.
"People will get funding for all the services they need and will be empowered to choose for themselves the services they want," Mr Weatherill said.
"It will mean a substantial increase in the funding provided for people with disabilities in South Australia.
"It will help provide more of the existing supports such as therapy, respite, equipment, supported accommodation and care.
"It will recognise that, for some people, a disability is for a lifetime, so will take a lifetime approach to providing care and support, including intensive early support.
"DisabilityCare Australia will also mean that people with disabilities will get access to these supports earlier."
The South Australian Government has increased its funding of disability services from $135 million in 2002 to $345 million in 2012-13 and upon full implementation of the DisabilityCare Australia in 2018 this will have risen to $723 million.
The Federal Government's contribution in South Australia will be $760 million, taking the full value of the investment in South Australia to $1.4 billion.
Disability Minister Tony Piccolo said that supporting people with disabilities, their families and their broader support networks has been a big priority for the State Government.
"We've already almost trebled funding for disability services since we came to office," Mr Piccolo said.
"In last year's State Budget we made the biggest single investment in disability services in this State's history."