Submission to senate inquiry into national disability insurance scheme bill 2012

COTA Australia is the national policy vehicle of the eight State and Territory COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, ACT and the Northern Territory.

COTA Australia has a focus on national policy issues from the perspective of older people as citizens and consumers and seeks to promote, improve and protect the circumstances and wellbeing of older people in Australia.

COTA welcomed the decision to have the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Disability Services, put in a submission to the Inquiry and welcomed the overall direction of its recommendations. We believe that the Australian Government’s decision to implement a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will ensure that people living with a disability and their families and carers will finally be able to access the supports they need to lead a full and inclusive life.

Our Submission reflects concerns older people have raised with us with regard to the way the NDIS is designed.