Labor will help disabled
A Shorten Labor Government will remove the Liberals’ arbitrary staff cap on the National Disability Insurance Agency, freeing it to make the best long-term decisions about how to deliver quality services to Australians with a disability.
The staff cap is a relic of Tony Abbott’s horror 2014 budget. Last year the Productivity Commission recommended it be scrapped.
The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is currently behind schedule – the equivalent of more than 46,000 people missing out on the scheme.
On July 31, more than 100 people packed Gary Holland Community Centre for an information session I sponsored on the scheme, which was rolled out from July in Rockingham and from August in Kwinana.
These local people queried why they are experiencing delays and difficulties with the scheme. Staff of the agency took questions and individually met with residents. It was the biggest session held in Perth to date. It was a valuable exercise for local residents and I am grateful to the staff for providing information and taking questions.
The roll-out is a big deal for the 39,000 West Australians with a disability who are expected to join the scheme by next year. Participants in the session were told that so far, 4092 have joined the NDIS – 1804 for the first time.
While I am a strong supporter of the NDIS, I believe the Turnbull Government must provide more resources for the agency. Plans for a Rockingham NDIS shopfront in 2019 should be brought forward.
The NDIS is a great project, but local people are worried by delays and difficulties with the new system.