Peak Disability Service Provider Organization Calls on Federal Government to Recognize Value of NDIS – Not Just Cost

The industry’s leading body for disability providers, National Disability Services, is dismayed by MYEFO’s misleading claims regarding the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the federal budget.

NDS interim CEO Laurie Leigh said NDIS has transformed the half a million people with disabilities it supports, while delivering significant benefits to the economy.

“The treasurer only looks at half of the board,” said Ms Leigh.

“NDIS was a great social and economic reform. It has transformed lives and brought a huge flow of benefits to the community. “

“The economic benefits for Australia are enormous. Recent modeling by Per Capita revealed that for every dollar invested in NDIS, there is a return of $ 2.25 to the economy. In 2020-2021 alone, it will generate $ 52.4 billion in value. “

Ms Leigh said the federal government’s claims that an impending budget explosion was caused by NDIS are misleading and exacerbate existing trust issues between people with disabilities and the government and NDIA, the agency that oversees the program.

“What we have seen is selective and often catastrophic analysis to advocate for reduced access and support for people with disabilities.”

“NDS members report that the people they work with are seeing their NDIS plans cut off and are struggling to find ways to meet the needs of their clients with impossible resources.

Ms Leigh said the recent NDS State of the Disability Sector report highlighted the lingering problems.

The report found that:

  • Sixty-five percent of suppliers said operating conditions were deteriorating, up from 61 percent in 2020 and 38 percent in 2019.
  • Only 12% of NDS providers said they think NDIA works well with providers, which was less than half the number last year.

“It is time for the federal government to recognize the enormous benefits of NDIS for people with disabilities, the community at large and the economy,” said Ms. Leigh.

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