The current arrangements for disability services are fragmented and underfunded. Work continues for a co-ordinated national social insurance scheme that covers all Australians. There are likely to be two schemes – one which provides for individual case management and funding support for the cost of care for Australian residents with disabilities. The second proposal is an Australia-wide, no fault insurance scheme for all major injuries from accidents (excluding work injuries). Only injuries occurring after commencement of the scheme would be eligible.
There would need to be a National Disability Insurance Agency to administer the scheme. The proposals to Government see the rollout of the schemes from late 2013 to 2018.
A final report on this issue should be provided to the Government by the Productivity Commission in the months ahead.
The NetActuary Team