Significant milestone for NDIS Thu 14 March 2013 Cassy O'Connor Minister for Human Services The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, today welcomed passage of legislation to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme through the House of Representatives. "This is a significant reform that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of people living with disability around Australia," she said. "The passage of this legislation through the House of Representatives is a major milestone for this much-needed reform. "I would also like to acknowledge the dedicated work of all the people living with disability, their family, carers and supporters, staff from both State and Federal Governments, and particularly my Federal counterpart Jenny Macklin, who is deeply committed to improving the lives of Australians living with disability. "The State Government's commitment to supporting people living with disability has been reflected in our selection as one of the launch sites for the NDIS, which will benefit around 1000 Tasmanians with disability aged between 15 and 24. "Our involvement as a launch site will see us contribute up to $2 million a year in addition to our projected budgeted spend of $17.9 million on disability services for this age group. "We are working tirelessly to ensure we're ready to fulfil our role as a launch site for the NDIS from July 1." Ms O'Connor said the Tasmanian Government is continuing to discuss the rollout of the full scheme with the Commonwealth.