Social Services Minister Christian Porter was excoriated by his state and territory counterparts for failing to adequately resource the National Disability Insurance Agency at yesterday’s meeting of the Disability Reform Council, according to reports in today’s Australian.
It comes as a report by PwC into the scheme’s flawed IT system revealed that: "The NDIA is not yet equipped to manage the transition to full scale ramp-up, as evidenced by the use of external support for the change effort, and the movement of employees out of their normal roles into temporary teams for issue resolution."
The Turnbull Government’s mishandling of the situation is simply unacceptable.
The Turnbull Government is putting at risk the successful rollout of the NDIS.
The Liberals have failed on the NDIS in three ways:
Failing to adequately resource the National Disability Insurance Agency so it can meet the demands of full rollout.
Failing to meet the August 2015 deadline for signing the bilateral agreements with the states. Some jurisdictions did not sign their agreements until May 2016.
Botching the development of the IT system – the MyPlace portal, resulting in significant delays to the assessment of participants and significant periods in which disability service providers went unpaid.
As a direct result of the Turnbull Government’s bungling the NDIS rollout is now behind schedule.
Sadly its people with disability, their families and disability service providers who will have to deal with the fallout.
These problem must be fixed urgently.
Christian Porter must start taking responsibility for the problems with the rollout of the NDIS.
He’s been excoriated by his state and territory counterparts.
He’s been humiliated by Malcolm Turnbull for being missing in action during key votes in the House of Representatives on Thursday night.
Mr Porter can’t afford to be MIA with the NDIS.
Mr Porter must step up and fix the problems with the rollout of the NDIS.
Thousands of people with disability, their families and carers are relying on the NDIS to transform their lives for the better.
Labor is willing to work cooperatively with the Government to fix the problems with the rollout of the NDIS, but Mr Porter must start taking responsibility for the problems.
SATURDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2016