The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (DRC) have made a number of important decisions to strengthen overall disability reform to support people with disability, their families and carers.
This includes agreement to:
- continue commitment to the National Disability Strategy;
- a national quality and safeguard framework to ensure a safe environment and quality supports for all NDIS participants; and
- the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the NDIA to encourage greater market development.
Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, said the agreement from all large jurisdictions to a new national framework for future quality and safeguards is of particular significance and will ensure that people with disability, their families and carers can be assured of a safe and high standard of service delivery.
"This framework has been two and a half years in development, so agreement in its final form is a very significant and positive step forward for the NDIS," Mr Porter said.
"The NDIS is a large and complex reform, and I don't think that anyone should underestimate the importance of what the NDIA has delivered so far, or the scale of task ahead of it during transition."
The DRC Communique can be found on the Department of Social Services website.