NDIS SHOULD BE ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT PROFITS

28 Sep 2018

Media reports of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) spending vast sums on consultants and outsourcing to for-profit multinationals are extremely concerning.

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
 
SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

NDIS SHOULD BE ABOUT PEOPLE, NOT PROFITS
 

Media reports of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) spending vast sums on consultants and outsourcing to for-profit multinationals are extremely concerning.
 
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should be about delivering services and support for Australians with disability, not profits for consultants and multinationals.
 
This cash splurge on consultants and outsourcing comes in the same week the Government revealed a $2.5 billion underspend by the NDIS.
 
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s Final Budget Outcome 2017-18 admitted this underspend was a result of delays in the rollout and the underutilisation of plans.
 
Many people with disability are simply not receiving the support they need.
 
Since 2014, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has placed an arbitrary and ideologically-driven staff cap on the NDIA which has resulted in an inevitable reliance on expensive contract staff and outsourcing.
 
People with disability, their families and advocates have long raised concerns about the staff cap.
 
Last year, the Productivity Commission recommended the staff cap be scrapped.
 
A Shorten Labor Government will lift the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s arbitrary NDIA staff cap and free the agency to put people at the heart of the NDIS, and deliver on its promise to Australians with disability.
 
The NDIS should be about people with disability, not profits.
 
FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.