From rations to entitlement
21 August 2013
Victoria was the first State in Australia to fully commit to DisabilityCare (formally the NDIS). The National Headquarters will be located in Geelong. The Barwon region of south-west Victoria, which includes Geelong, was chosen last year as one of the sites where the scheme will be trialled.
Leadership Victoria’s Chief Executive, Richard Dent, is a member of the NDIS Implementation Taskforce and played a pivotal role in getting the biggest piece of reform for this generation into legislation. Richard was the former Chairman of National Disability Services (Victoria) and has had a long involvement in the community services sector.
A report from Price Waterhouse Cooper in 2011 found that almost 1 in 2 people in Australia with a disability live in or at poverty – this is more than 2.5 times the rate of poverty in the general population and double the average in the OECD of 22%. Not only that, but only half of this group, are likely to be employed. Australia sits at a measly number 21 out of 29 OECD countries for its record for employing people with disabilities.
“Wherever you look, people with disabilities have been at a disadvantage. This doesn’t need to be and DisabilityCare has been carefully designed to level the playing field and give over 100,000 Victorians the chance to make a valuable contribution to the community and economy. With the right support and access to everyday core needs such as respite therapy, modification to vehicles and offices, organisations will be able to tap into this rich, innovative and creative resource,” comments Richard.
There are just over four million Australians who have a disability. Of these, 1.27 million have a profound or severe core limitation and about 700,000 are aged under 65. The number with a profound or severe core limitation is forecast to rise to over 2.2 million by 2030.