The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to carry out a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme.
The Productivity Commission looked at:
- How the scheme would be designed and funded to better meet the long-term needs of people with disability, their families and carers
- How to work out who is most in need of support, the services they should have available to them, and service delivery arrangements
- Alternative scheme costs, benefits, feasibility and funding options
- How the scheme would interact with health, aged care, informal care, income support and injury insurance systems
- Workforce impact
- How any scheme should be introduced and governed
- What protections and safeguards should be part of the scheme.
The Prime Minister released the Productivity Commission's report (external) (External website) on August 10, 2011. All governments agreed with the recommendations to establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Read more about the history of the NDIS.