In The Media | 10 March 2016

States reject leaked NDIS proposal they say would increase federal control

State and territory governments have decried what they say is an attempt by the commonwealth government to take carriage of the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS), saying the program is too important to be the subject of an “ideological attack”.

Documents from a meeting of state and commonwealth disability ministers leaked on Monday showed proposals that would give the federal minister more power by removing the need for governance and compliance issues to be agreed by all parties.

Under the proposal, the NDIS Act would be amended so that enacting changes in key areas such as eligibility for the scheme and the content of individual plans would require consultation with states, rather than consensus.

Source: The Guardian Australian edition