Reports in The Australian Financial Review reveal that the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter was warned about the risks associated with rollout of the NDIS but failed to act.
The report written for the Department of Social Services but not made public, states that "at an operational level… the resource constraints applied to the [National Disability Insurance Agency] may not provide sufficient flexibility to develop and implement effective contingencies in a timely manner, or to manage a cluster of issues occurring during transition”.
Christian Porter has to take responsibility for the problems with the rollout of the NDIS.
He has to take responsibility for failing to adequately resource the NDIA during this important transition phase for the NDIS.
Mr Porter’s mishandling of the rollout of the NDIS is unacceptable.
Christian Porter has been asleep at the wheel and he’s put the rollout of the NDIS at risk.
Mr Porter and the Turnbull Government 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.
Christian Porter must make the report public and stop covering up his role in the problems with the NDIS.
Last week Mr Porter was reportedly slammed by his state and territory counterparts for failing to properly resource the National Disability Insurance Agency at the meeting of the Disability Reform Council.
It’s vital that the problems with the rollout of the NDIS are fixed urgently.
Labor remains 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.
TUESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2016