We have been following the “practical changes” to NDIS proposed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Minister Stuart Robert this month. Some of the issues placing the scheme under pressure include:
- 310,000 people now have plans in place, that figure should grow to 460,000 by a full rollout next year.
- Some service providers report that there is not enough funding to cover costs.
- There have been allegations of fraudulent provider activity.
- Some people with disabilities have complained about their inability to access services.
- Oh, and there has been criticism about the remuneration level of the NDIA’s new CEO.
Adding to this environment is the accusations of neglect and abuse through the disability royal commission.
Minister Stuart Robert has explained that the rollout is about 80% there, with 20% left to go, and proposed a revised plan that endeavours to provide quicker access and quality decision making, equitable and consistent decisions and better long-term outcomes for participants.
Consumer groups have had a somewhat positive response to plans to make funding more flexible to fit recipients particular situations and easier rectification of mistakes or services that need changing.
You can read a more detailed review of the plan in The Age.
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