By Isobel Roe and produced for online by Melissa Hunter.

Hundreds of people represented disability groups by marching on legs or on wheels, through the streets of Brisbane.

According to the Every Australian Counts state coordinator Fiona Anderson Australia’s system for disability care is the worst in the Western world.

“It’s very common for children who need a wheelchair to have to wait two, sometimes three years for the wheelchair to be supplied.

“Adults with a disability who need personal support and care are entitled to no more than two showers per week, situations like that just amaze people,” Ms Anderson says.

If the insurance scheme is introduced, as proposed by the Productivity Commission, it will replace state-run systems and will not raise funding for equipment.

“At the moment less than 20 per cent of people with a disability who are entitled to receive support actually do receive it,” Ms Anderson says.

The Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland chief executive officer Angela Tillmans says the scheme should be introduced.

“When you have a child with a disability especially with celebral palsy you don’t know it’s coming it’s a huge suprise because there’s no pre-birth test. Generally both parents have been working, they then have to give up work to look after this child because there’s no support from government,” she says.

The supportive organisation, alongside thousands of others is pushing the state government to take up the scheme.

Ms Tillmans says parents of disabled children can not do it alone and while the federal government is on board, her fears are about the scheme’s popularity is on a state level.

“What is conerning to me is the state government is not on board to the same level. We need to send a really strong message to our state government that this is their number one priority,” she says.

A key speaker at today’s rally, Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro, agrees the current system is unconstructive and says federal and state governments will cooperate to deliver the scheme.

“They’ve had initial discussions but it is absolutely imperative that the state be on board because many of these services will have to be delivered on a state-wide basis,” she says.

Carers Queensland chief executive officer Deborah Cottrel says with the 500 thousand carers we have in Queensland, the economic benefits of the scheme will far outweigh the cost to taxpayers

“If we can return just 10 per cent of those carers into the workforce we’d inject about $2.4 billion dollars a year into the economy.

Rally Coordiantor Ms Anderson is hoping the demonstration has made a difference.

“Australia is an affluent country and we should be able to provide support for people,” she says.