The Assistant Treasurer, Bill Shorten has announced the establishment of the National Injury Insurance Scheme Advisory Group, which will investigate implementation of the Productivity Commission inquiry into disability services recommendation to establish a National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS). Local government is represented on the advisory group by the ALGA.
While the MAV strongly endorsed [PDF] the recommended changes to disability services in Australia, it raised concerns about the proposal for councils to fund a vast majority of the care costs for people with disability arising from accidents. The question of funding for the injury insurance scheme will ultimately be made by the Victorian Government, in line with the recommendation of the Productivity Commission that the schemes are run as state-based organisations.
The MAV has also received a letter from the Victorian Minister for Community Services which confirms the Victorian Government’s commitment to introduce more equitable arrangements for services for people with disabilities. The Minister also notes that no decision has yet been made about funding for a NIIS.
The MAV will continue to advocate for both improved disability services and ensuring that any further funds are not collected through a levy placed on rates.