August 18, 2017

100,000 Australians with disability are now part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

This is a significant milestone on the path to the full rollout of the NDIS.

The latest Quarterly Report on the NDIS revealed that the scheme had again fallen short of meeting its targets with 96,722 participants having an approved NDIS plan, fewer than the target of 116,555 set for the quarter ending 30 June 2017.

Clearly there have been some problems with the rollout of the NDIS, in particular a clunky IT system and poor quality plans.

The scheme’s transition to full rollout in July 2016 coincided with the launch of the NDIS MyPlace Portal.  The IT system has been plagued by difficulties that have resulted in significant problems for people with disability and disability service providers.

It’s vital that the Turnbull Government gets on with the job of fixing the NDIS IT system and ensuring that there are enough staff and they have access to proper training.

The NDIS is the biggest social policy reform since the introduction of Medicare – it’s vital that we get it right.

The NDIS would not exist without Labor and the tens of thousands of Australians who campaigned for it.

Labor knows how important the NDIS is to improving the lives of people with disability and their families.

The task for everyone now is to get on with the job of ensuring we get the best possible NDIS. 


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