Maritime union welcomes disability insurance scheme


The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed the funding of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Maritime union welcomes disability insurance scheme
Maritime union welcomes disability insurance scheme

May 1, 2012

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed the funding of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

MUA Secretary and
government disabilities and carer council member Paddy Crumlin says the scheme is a win for the disabled, carers, families and workers.

"The funding of an NDIS will give consumers choice, flexibility and security," Crumlin says.

"This has been a reform that people with a disability, their families and carers have been calling for for over 20 years."

Crumlin says the MUA has a particular interest in the reforms as the rate of injury with the maritime industries is high.

"We see severe injuries in our members all too often" he says.

"Having this scheme in place means that our members and their families will be assured of care throughout their lives, even if they are unable to return to work."

"Too often, workers who are injured on the job don't receive the ongoing care and support they need. This scheme will help to change that."

The Gillard Government has committed to begin implementing the national, no-fault disability insurance scheme next year.

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