Disability Investment Group Report Released
On 3 December 2009 the Australian Government released the report of the Disability Investment Group (DIG) called The Way Forward: A New Disability Policy Framework for Australia.
The report is available in accessible formats. Please contact us on the phone number below if you require another version of this document.
What is the Disability Investment Group?
In April 2008 the former Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, assembled a group of prominent Australians with a wealth of experience and knowledge in philanthropic investment and asked them to explore innovative funding ideas from the private sector that will help people with disability and their families access greater support and plan for the future.
The Disability Investment Group was chaired by Ian Silk. Its members included Bruce Bonyhady, John Walsh, Bill Moss, Kathleen Townsend, Allan Fels and Mary Ann O'Loughlin (until October 2008).
What does the report say?
On 22 September 2009, DIG submitted its report The Way Forward: A New Disability Policy Framework for Australia to Government.
The report makes six recommendations.
The principal recommendation is for a feasibility study into a national disability insurance scheme for Australia.
Other recommendations refer to:
- Special Disability Trusts
- savings and investment incentives
- private investment in housing
- better employment opportunities
- building best practice and research
According to The Way Forward, over the next 40 years in Australia the number of people with severe or profound disability is projected to grow from 1.4 million to 2.9 million. Recent trends indicate growth in demand for specialist disability services of 7.5 per cent per annum in real terms.
PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with the DIG to consider the costs, benefits and governance of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
How is the government responding?
The Government recognises this need and:
- on 23 November 2009 announced that as part of the National Disability Strategy, the Productivity Commission has been commissioned to undertake an Inquiry into long-term care and support for people with disability in Australia. The Inquiry will be supported by an independent panel of prominent experts and will report to Government by July 2011.
- will continue to make significant investment via the new National Disability Agreement, including more than $5 billion in funding over five years to the States for specialist disability services including supported accommodation, respite and in-home care. The Agreement includes the highest ever level of growth funding so that in 2013 the Australian Government's contribution will exceed $1.2 billion, compared to $620 million in 2007 under the previous government.
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