To coincide with International Day of People with Disability, petitions are being presented in parliament to abolish age discrimination in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Currently, anyone who acquires a disability over the age of 65 is not eligible to access NDIS funding; instead they are limited to aged care funding pools.
The Member for Mayo Rebekha and Member for Warringah in NSW are lobbying the Federal Government for change.
Today Zali Steggall and Rebekha Sharkie will present two petitions, calling on the Government for either; an exemption for people aged over 65 who have an accident or illness to be supported under NDIS or for My Aged Care to better cater for those with a disability unrelated to ageing.
Ms Sharkie said she has been approached by many older people in her electorate who cannot access NDIS after suffering an illness or injury.
“The NDIS was established to address the inequitable, underfunded and fragmented disability care system,” Ms Sharkie said.
“But we need to be wary of setting up a system that so openly discriminates against those who acquire a disability after they reach retirement age.
“If this Government believes Australians are fit and able enough to work long after the age of 65, then the Government should acknowledge that Australians over the age of 65 should have the same access to resources if they acquire a disability later in life."
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