The federal government has announced that a Productivity Commission review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme will investigate its sustainability and costs.
Treasurer Scott Morrison and Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the review would inform the final design of the $22 billion scheme, which is the biggest social policy program since Medicare.
The Productivity Commission will examine the sustainability of scheme costs, cost pressures including wages, and the best ways to manage potential cost overruns.
The review will also look at the capacity of states, territories and the Commonwealth to deliver services, whether the scheme has achieved efficiencies and whether there has been an impact on mainstream services.
“This review is intended to inform the final design of the full scheme, prior to its commencement, by focusing on updating initial cost projections estimated by the Productivity Commission and by providing advice on longer term projections and overall sustainability issues,” Morrison and Porter said in a joint statement.
Source: Pro Bono Australia