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Minister Raises Victoria’s Concerns At Disability Meeting

13 November 2015

Today the Disability Reform Council (DRC), made up of State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers for Disability, met in Melbourne to further the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Minister for Disability Martin Foley said he welcomes the progress made toward the NDIS full scheme roll-out following the Bilateral Agreement between Victoria and the Commonwealth, signed in September.

The Andrews Labor Government looks forward getting started this year on arrangements for innovative housing trials in Barwon. Victoria is the only state ready to begin trials.

Minister Foley, however, expressed Victoria’s concerns about investment in sector readiness, workforce development and the price for services as set by the NDIA. He advocated strongly that the Commonwealth return to the table for the next meeting with a more comprehensive plan for sector readiness and workforce development.

Whilst the DRC noted the Commonwealth’s position on scheme governance via the NDIA Board, Victoria will be responding immediately with a further proposal to be considered by the other states, territories and the Commonwealth.

The next Victorian community forum will be held in Wangaratta, Tuesday 17th November at 2pm.

For more information about NDIS roll-out in Victoria go to http://ndis.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Disability Martin Foley

“The NDIS roll-out is due to begin in July 2016 and progressively extend across the state.”

“Having begun community forums around Victoria, there is a great sense of momentum, and I look forward to working with local communities to ensure its implementation is smooth.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to the NDIS, which will transform the lives of more than 100,000 Victorians with disability, their carers and their families.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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