ABC News: NDIS providers facing 'increasing amounts of losses', NDS warns as Anglicare Tasmania steps back
On Wednesday 11 January, Anglicare Tasmania announced it was withdrawing from NDIS service provision, transferring its support coordination and supported independent living clients to another organisation by the end of March.
A provider of NDIS services to hundreds of Tasmanians, Anglicare said it cannot continue to ‘subsidise’ the scheme.
National Disability Services (NDS) has highlighted the financial viability challenges for NDIS service providers, warning that service providers are facing increasingly bleak outlooks, with not-for-profit organisations appearing to be at greatest risk.
NDS’s State of the Disability Sector Report last year found the proportion of providers making a profit fell from 68 per cent to 46 per cent in 2021/22, with not-for-profits worst affected.
NDS CEO Laurie Leigh is worried about the sector.
"Providers are having to make very difficult decisions about what services they are able to continue or not into the future,” she said.
"Over this next 12 months – the current financial year – we've got some really clear indications from organisations that they're expecting to make increasing amounts of losses.”
However, NDS was confident that the current review of the NDIS, due to report in October, would begin to address the viability of the scheme and improve services for participants.