Long-term care and support scheme

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The Productivity Commission has released its discussion paper on a a long-term disability care and support scheme—which may result in a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The paper summarises what the Commission sees as the important issues, and contains a series of questions to prompt discussion. People may choose to answer these questions in their written submissions and during public hearings.

There are a number of ways you can participate in the inquiry. You can make a formal submission or a presentation to the Commission at one of the public hearings. The guidelines for making a formal submission are available on the website below.

You can also make what is called a personal response—which is different to a formal submission. In a personal response you can choose to answer any or all of the questions in the paper based on your personal experience. The Commission will then compile all these responses into a single document. This is a shorter, more informal way to participate in the inquiry.

The issues paper contains a number of questions about a wide range of issues. It is important to remember that you do not have to answer all of the questions—just those which matter most to you. It is also important to remember that the Commission is most interested in what you would like to see in the future, rather than detailing all the ways the current system is failing. This inquiry is about a developing a blueprint for the future.

In addition to the issues paper, the Commission has produced an easy English version and a short summary document which covers the key questions. You can download all of these documents from www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support

Start with the short summary document, before you look at the main issues paper, which is long and complex, and then focus on the questions that are most relevant to you.

Submissions are due at the end of June.

Public hearings will be held in:

  • Hobart, 7 June 2010, Hotel Grand Chancellor;
  • Melbourne, 8, 9 June 2010, Amora Hotel Riverwalk;
  • Adelaide, 16 June 2010, Stamford Plaza;
  • Darwin, 17 June 2010, Holiday Inn;
  • Canberra, 12, 13 July 2010, ANZ Building, Canberra City;
  • Brisbane, 15, 16 July 2010, Rydges South Bank;
  • Sydney, 19–21 July 2010, Medina on Crown;and
  • Perth, 22 July 2010, Novotel Hotel.

For more information visit www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support

This is your chance to change the future of people with a disability and their families in this country. Don’t miss this important opportunity to advocate for the kinds of reforms you would like to see.

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