In The Media | 4 July 2016

Disability funding reform ‘disappoints’ ethnic communities

People from non-English speaking backgrounds say the National Disability Insurance Scheme does not address their needs.

A radical $22 billion reform of disability services across Australia has largely failed to engage people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

The roll-out for the full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) begins on Friday.

The NDIS was launched in late 2012 with a promise of “equity of access” for all and a commitment to not repeat the mistakes of the past, especially involving people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

But the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the nation’s peak multicultural body, is disappointed with preparations for the NDIS so far.

“We find still lots of disabled people from non-English speaking backgrounds that don’t even know about NDIS,” Joe Caputo, chair of FECCA said.