Catholic Bishops support National Disability Insurance Scheme proposal


The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has voiced its support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) proposed in a draft report from the Productivity Commission.

The Disability Care and Support draft report says that NDIS, which would operate along similar lines to Medicare, would ensure Australians receive long-term care and support if they acquired a significant disability.

The ACBC says that Australia’s current approach to disability services is crisis-driven and welfare based, agreeing with the Productivity Commission's overall premise that the current system needs to be completely overhauled.

It also agreed that control should be with the individuals and their families through individualised funding in order to provide more choices and more accountability by service providers.

"One of the hoped outcomes of the proposed NDIS will be to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people with disability, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity," the ACBC said in a statment.

The ACBC said is important that the scheme is made simple and easily accessible, with users of the service providing input into its design and evaluation.

"Governments need to ensure that the rights of persons with disability are upheld by clarifying and acting upon policies that directly relate to the historic discrimination and exclusion of persons with disability," the ACBC said.

"This will ensure that all persons with disability in Australian society will enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms."

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