November 14, 2016

The latest Quarterly Report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) shows the scheme has failed to meet its target with just 7,440 participants having an approved NDIS plan, far fewer than the target of 20,264 set for the quarter starting 1 July 2016. 

The NDIS rollout even failed to meet its revised goal of 10,529 new participants, after the original estimate was recently cut in half. 

The situation is totally unacceptable.

It is clear the rollout of the NDIS is now far behind schedule, because of the serious mismanagement of the rollout of the NDIS. 

The Report also revealed that large numbers of participant plans are taking more than 3 months to approve.                     

The Turnbull Government has failed to adequately resource the NDIA – the Agency responsible for the rollout of the scheme. In September Christian Porter was slammed by state and territory Ministers for failing to resource the NDIA sufficiently.                        

They have botched the development of the IT system, resulting in delays to the assessment of participants and significant periods in which providers went unpaid.

Last month at Senate Estimate it was revealed that live testing of the NDIS IT system could have prevented the widespread problems with the system. 

The Turnbull Government and Christian Porter need to start taking responsibility for the problems with the rollout of the NDIS.

The NDIS is the most important reform since Medicare and thousands of people with disability are relying on the NDIS to improve their lives.

They cannot pass the buck. They can’t make any excuses - the NDIS is their responsibility.


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