NDIS launch set to transform lives of young Tasmanians with disability Sat 4 August 2012 Wayne Swan Acting Prime Minister Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Acting Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings today met a group of inspirational young Tasmanians with disability to celebrate Tasmania being selected to host a launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The launch will see the Federal and State Governments working together to provide funding and support for nearly 1000 Tasmanians living with a disability aged between 15 and 24 - including both current and potential disability service clients. "I'm delighted to be back in Tassie today to have the opportunity to speak to some of the young people which the NDIS aims to help," Mr Swan said. "The NDIS is momentous and much-needed reform to end the lottery which currently dictates whether people with disability receive adequate support. The NDIS is a vital piece of social reform to build a stronger community and make sure the most vulnerable Australians are not left behind. "In recognition of the importance of this reform, the Gillard Government has allocated $1 billion for launch sites around the country. "We now have five states and territories, including Tasmania, which have committed to working with the Federal Government to establish NDIS launch sites. "Over the coming weeks the Federal Government will be working with these states to finalise the details of the launch sites." Premier Giddings said the NDIS provided the opportunity for people with disability to have more control, support and certainty in their lives. "It is great to be here today talking to young people living with disability and their support workers about the life-changing potential of the NDIS," Ms Giddings said. "Our involvement as an NDIS launch site will see us contribute up to $2 million a year in addition to our projected budgeted spend of $17.9 million on individualised care and support packages for people aged between 15 and 24. "Support for this age group is essential, as they're at a critical point in their lives where they're likely to leave secondary education to move on to further education, vocational training or employment. "By targeting this age bracket, we are helping them make that transition or, alternatively, receive the supports they need to keep them engaged in their communities." Ms Giddings said Tasmania was this year spending a record $142 million on disability services, with a further $33 million from the Australian Government. "It's important to note that the announcement of a launch site in Tasmania is only the first step - there is still a lot of work to be done with the Commonwealth and States and Territories in terms of the final funding model for the implementation of the full scheme."