Deliver the Promise election campaign
National president of the National Disability Services, Joan Mckenna Kerr, has launched the Deliver the Promise election campaign to get the NDIS on track after widespread criticism of the scheme.
As part of the Deliver the Promise campaign, NDS has five policy priorities which require action from the next Federal Government.
- We need a new independent pricing body set up by July this year.
Prices set by the NDIS don’t cover the cost of delivering services, particularly for people with complex disability needs and those in regional areas. The NDIA is focused on meeting internal savings targets. We need NDIA pricing to be set by an independent body by July this year.
- The focus on the NDIS needs to be on people, not internal government processes.
The way the NDIS is administered is driving people with disability, their families and carers to despair, and providers to the financial wall. We’re calling for the government to urgently fix the way the NDIA communicates with participants and providers.
- We need to overhaul the way NDIS plans are developed.
NDIS plans are at the heart of the NDIS. But the NDIA changes the rules frequently; and it changes between planners, local offices, regions and states. Planners are giving people the wrong information. People with disability are getting the wrong plans because they’re not allowed to see them first. People with disability have to review their plans over and over again unnecessarily. We need more consistency, transparency and flexibility in the way plans are being developed.
- We need proper safeguards from the risk of market failure in the sector.
Providers are already having to restrict services, even though demand is growing. Thin markets are a particular problem for people with complex needs and in rural and regional communities. Our members are constantly telling us that they just don’t have the market data to plan properly and there are no mechanisms in place to step in when emergencies happen.
- We need a greater focus on employment and workforce development.
We need NDIS plans that support employment for participants because having a job means having access to social and economic participation in our community for people with disability.
We also need a national workforce strategy that has been agreed with disability service providers; one that ensures the sector can deliver high-quality services for people with disability in every corner of Australia.
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