GOVERNMENT’S NDIS UNDERSPEND NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF

26 Sep 2018

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) underspend of $2.5 billion is not an achievement, but an admission that there are serious shortcomings in the Government’s roll out of the NDIS.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 
GOVERNMENT’S NDIS UNDERSPEND NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF
 

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) underspend of $2.5 billion is not an achievement, but an admission that there are serious shortcomings in the Government’s roll out of the NDIS.
 
The Government’s own document – the Final Budget Outcome 2017-18 – makes it clear that people are missing out because of delays and the underutilisation of their plans.
 
As a result, many Australians with disability are simply not receiving the support they need.
 
This is money that should be invested in services and support for Australians with disability, not used to prop up the Liberals’ books.
 
It’s nothing to be proud of.
 
240,500 Australians should have been benefiting from the NDIS by the end of 2017-18, but today the Government has conceded that number is currently closer to 200,000.
 
This is the equivalent of more than 40,000 people missing out.
 
The latest quarterly report also revealed almost half of all NDIS participants are using less than 50 per cent of their plan.
 
This government has no-one to blame but themselves for the roll-out problems in the NDIS.
 
They should have been focused on making sure the sector, workforce and community was prepared for the rollout, instead of wasting time treating people with disability like a political football.
 
The Liberals’ ideological National Disability Insurance Agency staff cap has been holding the rollout back and compromising quality for years now.
 
The Productivity Commission recommended the staff cap should be scrapped, but the Government failed to act.
 
In contrast, Labor will abolish the arbitrary staff cap as a first step to getting the NDIS back on track and delivering on the promise that was made to Australians with disability, their families and carers.
 
WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018
 


Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.