In The Media | 8 December 2015

Disability sector has grave concerns about NDIS roll out

Disability groups have reported an alarming lack of confidence in the NDIS roll out ahead of the full transition to the $22 billion scheme which will launch across the country next year.

Only one-third of organisations in trial sites reported scheme administrator, the National Disability Insurance Agency, was working well with providers and almost two-thirds said governments were not responding to their requirements.

The State of the Disability Sector report reveals wide-ranging concerns about the NDIS, including workforce shortages, financial pressures and a lack of housing and job opportunities for people with disability once they are in the scheme.

Ken Baker, chief executive of peak body National Disability Services, which will release the report on Monday, said while disability groups support the scheme there is uncertainty about its implementation.

“Providers feel the destination is right, it’s just that the road to get to the destination is uncharted,” he said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald