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Bill Shorten Promotes NDIS Globally

Bill Shorten highlights the success and importance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on a global stage, emphasizing its impact and future potential.
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NDIS: A Model for the World

NDIS: A Model for the World

By: NDIS Expert

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been a transformative initiative in Australia, providing essential support to individuals with disabilities. Recently, the scheme has garnered international attention, with many countries looking to Australia as a model for their own disability support systems.

Bill Shorten’s Advocacy

Bill Shorten, the Minister for the NDIS, has been at the forefront of promoting the scheme on a global stage. In a recent interview with ABC’s AM program, Shorten highlighted the successes of the NDIS and its potential as a blueprint for other nations. He emphasized the importance of a well-structured support system that empowers individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.

Key Features of the NDIS

The NDIS is designed to provide personalized support to individuals with disabilities, ensuring they have access to the services and resources they need. Some of the key features of the scheme include:

  • Individualized Plans: Each participant receives a tailored plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.
  • Choice and Control: Participants have the freedom to choose their service providers and manage their own support.
  • Community Inclusion: The NDIS promotes the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community life.
  • Early Intervention: The scheme focuses on early intervention to improve long-term outcomes for participants.

Global Interest

Countries around the world are taking note of the NDIS’s success. Shorten mentioned that several nations have expressed interest in learning from Australia’s experience and potentially adopting similar models. The NDIS’s emphasis on individualized support and community inclusion is particularly appealing to policymakers looking to improve their own disability support systems.

Challenges and Opportunities

While the NDIS has achieved significant milestones, it is not without its challenges. Shorten acknowledged that there are areas that require improvement, such as streamlining administrative processes and ensuring consistent service delivery across regions. However, he remains optimistic about the scheme’s future and its potential to inspire positive change globally.


The NDIS stands as a testament to Australia’s commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities. As Bill Shorten continues to advocate for the scheme on an international level, there is hope that the NDIS will serve as a model for other countries, leading to a more inclusive and supportive world for people with disabilities.

For more information on the NDIS and its impact, you can listen to the full interview with Bill Shorten on ABC’s AM program here.

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