Yesterday the Community Affairs Estimates Committee had their first hearing for the year. This is the Committee that oversees the important portfolios of health, disability and social services in the Federal government.
A couple of weeks ago the Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert announced the NDIA were making some changes to transport funding. In a move widely celebrated as “thank god at last” the Minister announced participants would now be able to use some of their core funding to pay for transport.
The NDIA said the changes would begin on March 1 and that a new price guide would be released “shortly”.
Today the Federal Government released the findings of the Tune Review into the NDIS. First the good news – the recommendations are all things we have have been banging on about for ages. But the bad news – no government response yet.
With all the busyness of International Day of People with Disability yesterday it was easy to miss that the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS released the first of their reports – this one is all about planning.
And from the very first page they have made it abundantly clear they share your frustration with the slow pace of change.
For the past few months Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert has been out and about telling everyone that he had come up with plan to fix ongoing issues with the NDIS. Well yesterday we got a first look at that plan during a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra.
This is just a very small note to say a very big thank you to every single one of you who took the time to send us a message for the Tune Review. In just a few short weeks almost 700 people from all across the country sent us stories, messages and ideas for us to pass along to David Tune’s independent review of the NDIS Act and Rules. We read/listened/watched them all – and here’s what everyone said…
A warm welcome Mr Hoffman to your first day at the NDIA. We hope you have your computer all set up and someone has shown you where the coffee is. You are definitely going to need it – we suspect there may be some long days and nights ahead!
Disability advocates continue to demand the Morrison government reinvest unspent NDIS funds back into the landmark scheme to get it working the way it should – instead of using funds to bolster the budget bottom line.