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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Social insurance for individualised disability support: implementing the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Social insurance for individualised disability support: implementing the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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(p.173) Nine Social insurance for individualised disability support: implementing the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
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Social Policy Review 28
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Christiane Purcal

Karen R. Fisher

Ariella Meltzer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0009

Australia is implementing an ambitious new approach to individualised disability support based on a social insurance model. In a world first, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is funded through a levy on income and general taxation and gives Australians with disability an entitlement to social service support. This chapter describes the NDIS approach and implementation so far and summarises concerns and challenges about the NDIS discussed in the literature. It uses data from an action research project to inform feasibility questions about how people find out about and receive the individualised support they need. The chapter highlights a basic gap in people’s familiarity with what individualised support is, how it works and how they might benefit from the new approach. A policy implication is that, with the expansion of individualised support, the public is likely to need various opportunities and forms of information sharing, to explore and learn from each other about what the new approach is and what its possibilities are.

Keywords:   Australia, disability, social insurance, National Disability Insurance Scheme, social service support

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