Sector Calls for Urgent Action to Secure NDIS
26 June 2017 at 12:27 pm
Australia’s leading disability advocacy bodies and the nation’s peak body for social services has called on the government to act urgently to secure the future of the NDIS.
In a joint statement, issued on Friday, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia and Australian Council of Social Service called on the government to introduce the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS while the proposal had bipartisan support.
The letter warned any further delay could see the NDIS become a “political football”.
“To cement NDIS as a universal system for all Australians, sufficient and sustainable funding must be secured now, while there is strong bipartisan commitment,” the letter said.
Co-signatories said the NDIS was an “essential piece of Australia’s social infrastructure”.
“A strong, well-funded NDIS will be of benefit across our community, as people with disability are better supported to fully participate economically and socially,” the letter said.
“At some time in our lives, we, or someone close to us will access services provided under this system.”
The letter welcomed the proposed increase to the Medicare levy and said it made sense that “the costs of the NDIS are shared by everyone – according to their ability to pay”.
“The NDIS is not part of the social security system. We do not support raising revenue for the NDIS by shifting funding from social security or other human services,” it said.
The letter said the “best and fairest way” to fund the NDIS was through the tax system.
“The NDIS needs to be funded through a progressive tax system where people with higher incomes contribute a higher share of their income, and the ability for people to avoid contributing their fair share is restricted,” it said.
The co-signatories called on the government to make funding the NDIS a priority when Parliament resumes in August.