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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Amendments proposed to NDIS legislation following consultations

Dan Harrison reports on the Sydney Morning Herald today that a number of amendments the National Disability Scheme legislation are to be introduced by Labor on today, including one that will be important to older people with Down syndrome:
... an amendment to make clear that a person receiving support under the scheme will be able to choose to remain in the scheme after they turn 65. 
The government has accepted the Productivity Commission's recommendation that people not be able to enter the scheme after the age of 65, to avoid duplication with the aged care system. 
Ms Macklin said the amendments responded to feedback received from people with a disability, their families and carers and from states and territories. 
A Senate committee which has been examining the legislation will table its report on Wednesday. The government hopes to pass the legislation through both chambers of Parliament by the end of next week.

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