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NDIS a Key 2018 Challenge

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 17 Mar 2018 - Posted: 18 Jan 2018
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, said getting the National Disability Scheme right will be one of the big challenges of 2018.

“I’m advised that my office has the dubious honour of having more complaints about the NDIS some months than any other electorate office, and we are always in the top three,” Ms Templeman said.

“It’s a scheme that is working for some people, but not for everyone,” she said.

Ms Templeman was recently joined by Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Senator Carol Brown, to meet with disability service providers across the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury.

“These providers, which included Dare, Uniting, Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre, Empowerability, Thorndale, NADO and Disability Advocacy NSW, spoke about how inefficient the systems are, problems with the fee structure, a lack of complaints process, the lack of training of planners leading to inadequate and inconsistent plans, and the extraordinary length of time it takes to get a plan reviewed.

“There are three things the new Minister for Disability can do immediately. He can lift the staffing cap at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) so they can deal with things in a timely way; he can allow NDIS participants to see a draft version of their plans and he can fix the problems with the NDIS IT system.”

Ms Templeman said the challenges facing disability enterprises was also discussed with the Shadow Minister, and the fact that employment programs are so often not included in NDIS participants’ plans, in spite of their desire to be employed.

“A recent visit to see the people employed by Dare in Springwood and by the experience of having a Nova supported employee in my own office, reinforces for me how important having a job is for people with a disability,” Ms Templeman said.

 
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