Barnett must now sign up to NDIS: Union.

Wednesday 01 May 2013

The Union representing disability workers in Western Australia has again called on the Premier Colin Barnett to fully commit to signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Federal Government has today announced a 0.5% increase in the Medicare levy to fund the scheme, which will be launched in July.

HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill said it was no longer an option for Mr Barnett to continue to refuse to follow the other five states and sign up for a trial of the scheme.

"People with disabilities in South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT will benefit from the NDIS, after their governments signed up to trial the scheme," he said.

"Premier Barnett's refusal to follow suit means that people living with disabilities in this State are missing out on the benefits of the national scheme," said Mr Hill.

"At the earliest opportunity WA must agree to be a host jurisdiction as provided for under the legislation."

During the recent state election campaign, the Labor party pledged to sign WA up to the NDIS trial as soon as possible.

But Mr Barnett refused to do so unless his government retained power over the decision making process.

"This issue is too important to play politics with and Mr Barnett needs to resolve his differences with the Federal Government to ensure that West Australians with disabilities receive the benefits of the NDIS without any further delay," said Mr Hill.

HSUWA represents professional, administrative, clerical, technical and supervisory staff within the disability sector in WA, including Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Podiatrists, mental health and rehabilitation workers. Nationally the union covers all disability workers including carers.

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