Government confirms NDIS commitment – Now let’s make sure the scheme works
Tonight’s Federal Budget sees the Turnbull Government confirm its commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme with $43 billion funding secured over the forward estimates period.
Dr Ken Baker, Chief Executive of National Disability Services, said: “The disability community was taken aback two weeks ago when the Treasurer announced the decision to scrap the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to fully fund the NDIS. Our message to the government was clear: tell us your alternative plan to ensure the NDIS’s funding into the future is beyond doubt.
“In tonight’s budget the government has been true to its word in finding another way to fund the NDIS. This scheme is too important to hundreds of thousands of Australians not to be fully funded – and it’s clear the government agrees.
“Any future Treasurer should be clear that the NDIS is not a political football. It is a source of security for people with disability and their families who have enough uncertainty in their lives. Long-term certainty for the NDIS is imperative.”
Dr Baker said the Government must now turn its attention to fixing implementation problems with the scheme, including improving the quality of NDIS plans and processes and ensuring that the disability service sector is sustainable and is able to invest in growth to meet the need for services.
Dr Baker continued: “Now is the time for the government to focus on delivering the great promise of the NDIS.”
Dr Ken Baker said: “It is very concerning that some people with disability feel worse off as a result of the NDIS. The NDIS is founded on great principles, but translating those principles into practice has proved challenging. Too many people who are in the NDIS find the system confusing, there is too much paperwork, and many not-for-profit disability organisations are struggling to provide NDIS services and remain financially viable.