Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
The establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme was a landmark achievement for Australia, a scheme to provide reasonable and necessary supports and services to people with disability enabling choice and control.
The NDIS started with pilot areas (then renamed trial sites after a change of government) and is now in transition mode to full rollout. Because the scheme has support across the political spectrum, there has been a reluctance to heavily criticise it.
Fundamentally, we all want it to work and don’t want to undermine it. Despite this, it is becoming obvious that we haven’t learned enough from the trial sites. Many problems beset the scheme, it is time they were talked about and sorted.
Source: Pro Bono Australia