New findings show that the NDIS is leaving people with disability without support in NSW
National Disability Services (NDS) is calling for more government investment at this critical time in the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Key findings from the just released NSW Parliamentary Report on Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the provision of disability services in New South Wales have identified areas that need to be addressed to ensure people with disability and their families are not left without appropriate services.
NDS CEO Chris Tanti is calling for urgent injection of funding of $220 million from the Federal Government to assist sector transformation to the NDIS and for the NSW government to maintain support for people who are ineligible for NDIS.
“We are calling on both the Federal Government and NSW governments to invest more now as the sector starts to feel the full brunt of the changes and to ensure all people living with disability can live better lives,” he adds.
“Our providers in the disability services sector across Australia are working hard with the NDIA to deliver quality care and services to people living with disability who are eligible under NDIS, but the size and magnitude of the change needs more investment to transition properly and not leave people behind”, Mr Tanti said.
The key findings in the Report were:
•“while the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a transformative, once-in-a-generation, person-centric reform with the capacity to significantly improve the lives of Australians with disability, its potential has not been realised for many individuals in New South Wales to date.”
•“while many people have and are expected to benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, there are many more people with disability in New South Wales who are not eligible for the Scheme and who will require access to ongoing appropriate services to meet their needs. The committee acknowledges that the NSW Government has implemented some transitional arrangements to manage the risks of service gaps and issues during the early years of the full scheme.”
The report also recommends that the NSW Government, via its role on the Disability Reform Council, work to resolve the many issues that have plagued the implementation of the NDIS in NSW, including access to the NDIS, the quality of plans and planning processes, and issues relating to the role out of the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach. The report also recommends that supports for carers be considered as part of the planning process and the NSW Government instigate adequate respite and other carer supports.
Mr Tanti says, “At this critical point in time, we know that more investment and support can make the difference to get the sector over this hump and ensure the delivery to all Australians living with disability, regardless of where they live and the level of their needs. This inclusive and person-directed model needs additional money and needs it now.”
A full copy of the report can be found on the NSW Parliamentary inquiry page.
NDS is the peak body for non-government disability service organisations and is the only organisation that represents the full spectrum of disability service providers across Australia.