Federal Budget highlights the need for NDIS funding transparency
National Disability Services (NDS) has called for more transparency around the level of underspending in the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
NDS Acting CEO, David Moody said “It’s disappointing the Government hasn’t been more transparent about the level of underspending for the NDIS this year. We are unable to confirm the exact amount.
“However, we note that the Government’s contribution to the scheme next year is $1.6 billion less than expected.
“The NDIS is a transformative social reform won through the united efforts of people with disability, their families and carers and providers across Australia.” Mr Moody said.
“That’s why our sector expects funds allocated to the NDIS to be invested in the scheme, and not be absorbed into general revenue for other government programs or to fund a surplus.”
In response to other budget announcements, NDS welcomed funding for the Royal Commission into the abuse of people with disability.
Mr Moody said, “The $527.9 million over five years should be sufficient to support the work of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.”
About $379 million has been allocated to the conduct of the Royal Commission.
“NDS supports the remaining $149 million to assist people with disability to participate in the Commission,” he said.Media enquiries: Annette Glenister, Head of Communications and Government Relations, NDS Mobile 0400772722. Email: