NDIS high on the agenda at COAG

NDIS high on the agenda at COAG

Supporters of the National Disability Insurance Scheme remain concerned this morning, as state and territory leaders meet at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra today.

The NDIS is high on the agenda for discussion between the Premiers and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, but there are concerns the scheme won’t get the funding it needs to launch.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced yesterday, the state could not afford the scheme and the Federal Government would have to contribute more to get it up and running.

Some other states have hinted at similar concerns, but the Federal government says the states have to contribute as well.

Ms Gillard has so far committed $1 billion to the launch of the scheme.

Either way all parties are being urged to come to some agreement today.

Health campaigner John Della Bosca says all forms of government need to make the launch of the scheme their highest priority.

Another primary issue on the agenda is the Gonski review.

The Australian Education Union says a Federal government response to the Gonski review into education is needed, as soon as possible.

The Gonski review, which was released in February, recommended a new model for funding schools, with the cost of extra funding required at $5 billion a year.

Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos says, under the current funding model, not all children are reaching their full potential.

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