PHILLIP COOREY April 04, 2012
JULIA GILLARD has indicated the funding structure and timeline to establish a national disability insurance scheme will be unveiled soon, potentially taking some of the steam out of a meeting today between the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, and his state counterparts.
The lack of detail about how the scheme will work will be on the table.
Ms Gillard will meet the premiers and chief ministers at the Council of Australian Governments on April 13.
The Productivity Commission has recommended a disability scheme similar to Medicare to support people with disabilities. Such a scheme, which would be phased in from 2014, would cost the federal government alone more than $6 billion a year in extra funding by the time it was fully operational in 2018.
There would also be an impost on the states, which have been critical of the lack of detail from Canberra on funding and timing.
Yesterday Ms Gillard indicated she would probably unveil details before the May 8 budget.
''The system in full is some time away, but I am hoping in coming weeks to be able to have something more to say about the way in which we will build a national disability insurance scheme,'' she said.
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