January 22, 2016

The latest Business Confidence Survey of the Disability Services Sector Report 2015, released today by National Disability Services, shows continued positive signs for the disability sector during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The report shows that business confidence has improved as disability organisations continue to grow. Key findings include:

  • 70 per cent of organisations are planning to increase the scale and/or range of their services over the next six months;

  • More organisations reported increased income (46 per cent, up from 36 per cent);

  • 55 per cent of organisations expect to hire more staff (up from 50 per cent),

  • 51 per cent have already increased their casual staff (up from 36 per cent) and 39 per cent have increased their permanent direct support staff (up from 33 per cent).

The disability sector is experiencing a significant a period of change as a result of the rollout of the NDIS. This survey confirms that the disability sector is rising to the challenge.

The most recent progress report on the NDIS shows it is being delivered on time and within budget, and people accessing the scheme report high satisfaction.

Labor congratulates the disability sector on its work to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS across Australia.

The disability sector has been strong advocates of the NDIS and the results of this survey show the sector remains optimistic about the direction of disability reforms.

The survey also reveals that providers have expressed concern that the Turnbull Government is not working collaboratively with the sector.

Only 16 per cent of organisations believe the Government is anticipating or responding to their needs.

2016 will be a critical year for the transition to the NDIS as national rollout begins in July.

Federal Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to work more constructively and collaboratively with the disability sector to give it the certainty it needs.

Labor is concerned by findings that show small organisations are considered at significant risk. Labor believes its vital we have a strong and diverse sector that includes vibrant small organisations.


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