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Remove NDIS discriminatory age cap, parties told

26 August, 2013

The Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association (CPSA) has expressed its approval of elements of the Coalition's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, but is calling for all parties to commit to the removal of the discriminatory age cap.

"CPSA welcomes the Coalition's commitment to maintaining the timeframe of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the level of funding," said senior policy advisor, Amelia Christie.

"Older Australians however are calling on all parties to commit to removing the discriminatory age cap of 65 on eligibility. One of the key premises of the NDIS, which CPSA supports, is that it will remove the rationing and lottery system that people with disability currently face. Yet this lottery system will continue for people with disability over the age of 65 who will be forced to deal with the rationed and ill-fitting aged care system.

"This is age discrimination plain and simple and CPSA is not the only one saying so. The parliament's own Joint Committee on Human Rights has asked why the NDIS is exempt from the Age Discrimination Act 2004 and is yet to receive an answer.

"CPSA calls on Labor, the Coalition and the Greens to make a commitment to removing this age cap and provide a plan about how they will roll out the NDIS to all Australians.

"Carers across the country welcome the assurance that their carer payment, allowance and supplement will remain intact under a Coalition government," Christie said.

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Hugo Kalus | Monday, August 26, 2013, 1:55 PM
I agree. the age cap of 65 gives me some cause for concern as people 65 and over are just as likely as anyone else in suffering a disability Like myself. I was 65 and 6 months when I had a stroke which has left me paralysed down the left side and confined to a wheel chair. Whilst I would like to acknowledge that care and support to this stage has been adequate I am concerned that future Governments may see the NDIS as an area where cut backs in services could result in savings. Please do whatever is necessary to remove the age cap. Benefits rightly accrue from birth and should continue right through to death.