In The Media | 4 July 2016

NDIS rollout to start Friday in Tasmania; concerns flagged over workforce

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will begin being rolled out to Tasmania on Friday, although some groups remain concerned about its implementation.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma has declared Tasmania ready for the staged introduction.

But groups including the Disability Education Reform Lobby are voicing concerns about the preparedness of the state school system to provide assistance to students with disabilities.

Meanwhile other groups, including major service providers like Possability, are worried about the number of staff that will need to be recruited, and about the wisdom of the stepped-in, progressive rollout model itself.

Ms Petrusma insisted all was travelling on schedule, and spent time highlighting the size of the $572 million joint Federal and State Government four-year budget commitment.

“This is a very exciting week,” she said.

“It’s a very exciting time for people living with a disability, and especially their families and carers.”