AN INITIATIVE BY SPINAL LIFE AUSTRALIA

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DISABILITY DOESN’T
DISCRIMINATE

BUT THE GOVERNMENT DOES

If you become disabled after the age of 65 the NDIS does not fund you. It only takes 8 seconds to make an impact and help end age discrimination. An email will also be sent to your local MP on your behalf. ACT NOW. Sign here. .

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PEOPLE HAVE
SIGNED SO FAR

THE FACTS

Disability Doesn’t Discriminate, but the Government does. Turn 65 and become disabled, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – meant to be your safety net – doesn’t cover you.

In 2013, the Federal Government deliberately amended the Age Discrimination Act allowing the NDIS to legally exclude people over the age of 65 from the NDIS.

Also excluded, Australians who were over 65 and living with a disability when the NDIS was rolled out.

65 – And You are OUT!

It is discrimination that could impact you, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, or anyone you love.

We need your help to end that.

1 in 5

1 in 5 Australians are living with a disability 

44.5%

Almost half of Australians living with a disability are over 65

3X

A person over 65 who has a Spinal Cord Injury receives $52,000 a year instead of $165,600

HELEN BONYNGE

Helen Bonynge has lived with paraplegia for the past seven years, since undergoing pelvic radiation treatment for cancer. Now she is a victim of age discrimination because her home address was on the wrong side of the Harbour Bridge when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was rolled out in Sydney.

At 69, Helen is still waiting to see what assistance she will receive through the My Aged Care Scheme. She had her 65th birthday six weeks before the NDIS started in Sydney’s inner west, where she lives, meaning she was too old. If she lived in the Northern Beaches, where the NDIS was rolled out the previous year, she would have qualified.

 “I do not feel old, but the Government says that I am. It feels like at 65 you have been put on the scrap heap,” Helen said.

Under the NDIS, Helen would be eligible for financial assistance and support of up to $250,000. My Aged Care only provides up to $52,000, which is means tested. NDIS is not means tested.

“It is difficult to see friends with the same disabilities as me getting treated so differently, just because they are younger than me.”

WATCH THE VIDEO

Campaign ads will hit TV screens to help stop age discrimination targeting people over 65 who are living with a disability. Disability can impact anyone at any time and doesn’t discriminate, so why should age matter? It is unfair, unjust, and unacceptable, and it must end now.

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