With the Federal election on this Saturday, we thought it might be a good time to share what both of the major Parties have been saying regarding the NDIS.
Bill Shorten has been making a number of promises to improve the NDIS, including:
- Building a culture that puts people with disability first;
- Establishing an NDIS Future Fund;
- Sourcing highly-trained staff;
- Improved planning, more choice and easier reviews;
- Ensuring equitable access to the NDIS;
- Fixing the ‘gaps’ between the NDIS and mainstream services;
- Valuing a skilled disability workforce;
- Keeping people with disability safe and boosting advocacy;
- Creating a stronger disability services sector;
- Improving research and evaluation
Scott Morrison’s promises for the NDIS include:
- Ensuring it is fully funded by rolling out a new NDIS Participant Planning Pathways;
- Ensuring people with disability have a single point of contact with the NDIS;
- Allowing people with disability to be on a longer NDIS plan of up to 3 years if their disability is stable;
- Expanding the NDIS Community Connectors Program to support and assist remote communities;
- Introducing a new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee;
- Commitment of $45 million to develop a national disability information gateway;
- Provide $2 million to support people with autism to find and keep a job.
Before voting this Saturday, make sure that you’ve done your homework.