Disability Care and Support

101 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2012

Date Written: July 31, 2011


The Productivity Commission inquiry report — Disability Care and Support — was released on 10 August 2011. Current disability support arrangements are inequitable, underfunded, fragmented, and inefficient and give people with a disability little choice. They provide no certainty that people will be able to access appropriate supports when needed. While some governments have performed much better than others, and there are pockets of success, overall, no disability support arrangements in any jurisdiction are working well in all of the areas where change is required. The current arrangements cannot be called a genuine ‘system’ in which different elements work together to achieve desired outcomes.

The central message of this report is that a coherent and certain system for people with a disability is required — with much more and better-directed resourcing, a national approach, and a shift in decision-making to people with a disability and their carers. This overview explains what is wrong with the current arrangements and how to improve them. It shows how a new system would work for people with a disability and their families, and how it would provide benefits for the community as a whole.

This overview booklet contains the key points, and an extensive summary of the Commission's analysis and recommendations. For the detailed supporting material, please view the full report from the Commission’s website.

Keywords: disability, disability care, disability support, NDIS, national disability insurance scheme, disability services, no-fault national injury insurance scheme

JEL Classification: J14, I11, I14, H51

Suggested Citation

Commission, Productivity, Disability Care and Support (July 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2006098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2006098

Productivity Commission (Contact Author)

Government of Australia

Level 28
35 Collins St.
Melbourne, Victoria, Victoria 3000

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