The Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduced the legislation to establish the NDIS into the Federal Parliament on 29 November, the last day of sitting for 2012, in what she described as one of her proudest moments in public life.
Supporters of the NDIS sent more than 1,600 emails and made 550 phone calls covering all MPs during that week. To make sure they were listening, campaigners knocked on every office door in Parliament House in Canberra as well.
So where are we at now?
Funding for the NDIS beyond the launch sites is not locked in. Until there is a commitment of money to the scheme to enable it to be funded in the long term, we cannot be sure that the NDIS is here for all Australians, for good.
We will all need to continue to show our support for the NDIS over the longer term, because both sides of politics at federal level, as well as the state governments have already shown that their commitment to date falls far short of their supportive rhetoric.