New South Wales has become the first state to officially sign up to the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but concerns have been raised the deal may see disability advocacy funding “thrown out with the bathwater”.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a “landmark agreement” between the NSW and Commonwealth governments on Friday, committing NSW to the full rollout of the NDIS.
Aligning with recommendations from the 2017 Productivity Commission Review of NDIS Costs, the NSW government has agreed to escalate its annual funding contribution to the scheme by 4 per cent per year, to keep pace with population and price increases.
In turn, the federal government will pay the balance of NDIS costs in the state, “providing certainty that the NDIS will remain fully funded into the future”.
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