Media Release – 4 June 2013
ACT follows Federal Budget lead with an historic budget for disability
The 2013 Budget shows clear planning for Disability Care, but also includes important measures to cover critical shortfalls in current support. However there are still concerns that not everyone with disability will benefit.
“This year’s ACT budget is a vast improvement on last year for people with disability,” said Advocacy for Inclusion General Manager, Christina Ryan. “We’ve gone from a flat lining budget with a few bus stop upgrades to one that is well structured, addresses gaps, and is forward looking.”
For those who will be eligible for Disability Care this is a very good budget. After an historic Federal Budget a few weeks ago, the ACT has followed suit with a clear plan on implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Disability Care), and measures to ensure community readiness for it.
While the ACT waits for Disability Care the Budget has announced payroll rebates, mobile attendant care, extra support for school leavers, and extra funding for individuals through an enhanced service offer.
Most importantly this dovetails into the arrival of Disability Care through initiatives to prepare people with disabilities and those around them. “We couldn’t ask for more at this stage on NDIS preparedness,” commented Ms Ryan.
Some concern must be raised at the continuing lack of initiatives to support the rights of all people with disabilities including better support for independent advocacy. “Not everyone will be covered by Disability Care, so we still have some way to go on supporting all people with disabilities across all areas of their lives,” said Ms Ryan.
The Advocacy for Inclusion budget analysis is on the Advocacy for Inclusion website at www.advocacyforinclusion.org.
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