Disability advocacy organisations across the country have united to call on the state and federal governments to work together to reverse the “shutdown” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT.
The move comes after it emerged more than 1,000 people with a disability in the ACT are at risk of missing out on the scheme after the National Disability Insurance Agency stated there would be no new participants in the territory.
The estimate of 5,075 participants contained in the original bilateral agreement has now been reached and the territory and federal governments are disputing over who should fund additional places.
The disability organisations said the situation is causing “significant alarm” to people with disability who have been waiting many years to receive appropriate disability support and need a clear statement that the scheme will continue to make plans with eligible participants.
Source: Pro Bono Australia