Saturday (May 11) saw the Northern Territory signing an agreement with the Commonwealth governments to participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
This follows close on the heels of Tasmania's announcement (Thursday, May 2) that they, too, will be partaking in the scheme.
That means Western Australia is now the only state that has not agreed to implement the NDIS.
National Disability Services chief executive, Dr Ken Baker, said that the disabled community had been "overwhelmed" by "the broad community support for the NDIS".
"Last week’s Newspoll showed 78 per cent of Australians were in favour of the NDIS," he revealed.
This is despite the fact that the government recently announced plans to increase the Medicare Levy by 0.5 per cent (from 1.5 per cent of an individual's or family's taxable income to 2 per cent) on July 1 2014 to help fund the scheme.
For someone earning $70,000 a year (the average wage in Australia), this is a daily contribution of 96 cents.
"The NDIS is designed to improve the social and economic participation of people with disabilities. It will deliver enormous social benefits to the Territory," said Mr Baker.
"People with disabilities will now be provided the essential support they require."
Mr Baker has predicted that the Northern Territory's economy will receive a welcome boost from the NDIS. He believes the scheme will not only offer better treatments and facilities for the state's disabled community and their families, but also create more jobs for those trained in disability support.
Vicki O’Halloran, NDS President and chief executive of Somerville Community Services, added that this scheme is the most significant social reform Australia has seen in decades.
"Anyone can acquire a disability or have a child born with a disability. Here in the Territory and right across Australia our disability system offers no certainty for people in need of disability support. The NDIS will deliver that certainty," she said.
South Australia, Tasmania, the Hunter area of New South Wales and the Barwon area in Victoria will be the first to benefit from the NDIS, which is set to begin rolling out in these regions in July this year.
The Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory, on the other hand, will have to wait until July next year before the scheme commences there.
The implementation of the NDIS will be a slow one, with some states not expected to have full access to all benefits until 2019.