To many, Productivity Commission reports epitomise the harsh, economically dry prescriptions that often prove unpalatable to governments. So here’s a surprise.

In its recent report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the commission’s laudatory superlatives just keep flowing. It describes the scheme as “a complex and highly valued national reform” that, if implemented well, “will substantially improve the wellbeing of people with disability and Australians more generally.” With the scale, pace and nature of the changes under the scheme “unprecedented in Australia,” the level of commitment to its success and sustainability among governments, people with disability and those working with them is “extraordinary.” The commission cites descriptions of the scheme as “ground-breaking” and a “once-in-many-generations reform.”

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