PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF NDIS

January 31, 2015


A Productivity Commission Report into disability services in Australia, Services for People with Disability  highlights just how important it is that the NDIS is delivered on time, as promised. 

The report finds the current disability support system to be a failure, providing assistance to just a quarter of people with disability in need. 

People with disability have been let down for too long.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison needs to get on with the transition to the full scheme immediately.

We know the existing system of disability support services is fragmented and underfunded – that’s why Labor made the decision to introduce the NDIS.

And the NDIS is already transforming the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

The latest quarterly report on the NDIS released in November 2014 showed encouraging signs of progress, including:

• Participant satisfaction remains very high at 1.67 on a scale of -2 (very poor) to +2 (very good).

• 10,939 people have been found eligible for the NDIS, with 8880 having approved individualised support plans in place by the end of September last year.

• More than $395.3 million in funding committed to participants.

• The average package cost in the first year of the scheme is $35,207, below the funding expectation of $36,750.

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