August 18, 2016

The Turnbull Government must take responsibility for the continued delays to the NDIS payments system – the MyPlace portal.


Many disability service providers remain unpaid while people with disability and their families have been forced to cancel their appointments since the NDIS began its national rollout on 1 July 2016.


These payment delays need to be resolved urgently.


Recent reports show that the Department of Human Services – and not the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – was given responsibility for designing the new IT system, which has seen providers left unpaid and participants unable to get appropriate services.


It was the Government’s decision to give responsibility to DHS, and they should take responsibility for the mess that has been created.


Just like they did with the Census when something goes wrong, the Turnbull Government tries to blame everyone but themselves.


Christian Porter must take responsibility for the Turnbull Government’s handling of the NDIS payments system.


The NDIS is the biggest social policy reform since Medicare – it’s too important for buck passing.


Earlier this month the Turnbull Government commissioned a review of the NDIS payments system. 


The review must examine exactly who is responsible for the delays – is it the Department of Social Services or the Department of Human Services? Which Minister was responsible for key decisions on the payments system?   


Labor wants to see the results of this review and work constructively with the Government to resolve the issues with the MyPlace portal.


People with disability have waited their whole lives for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 


It’s vital that we all work together to make the NDIS a success.



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