The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to carry out a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. This looked at:
- how a scheme should 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 that should be available to them, and service delivery arrangements
- the costs, benefits, feasibility and funding options of alternative schemes
- how the scheme will interact with the health, aged care, informal care, income support and injury insurance systems
- its impacts on the workforce
- 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 on 10 August 2011 and all governments agreed with the recommendation to establish a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).