In The Media | 30 May 2016

‘A lot of uncertainty’ in remote NSW about NDIS rollout to isolated areas

Parents of children with disabilities are concerned over what they say is a lack of information about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will work in remote parts of New South Wales.

The NDIS is a market-based system where government funding will no longer go directly to disability services, but instead to the client, who can choose the providers they want.

The scheme will be rolled out in far-west NSW from July 2017.

Mariette Curcuruto, president of Silverlea Early Childhood Services in Broken Hill and the mother of a child with autism, said the information was vague.

“[The NDIS] presupposes a lot of knowledge on the part of people engaging in the system, and I guess I don’t know whether or not we have that knowledge as consumers,” Ms Curcuruto said.

“I think what service providers are struggling with is how do they fit what they do into the NDIS model.”