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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 6316

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Consideration resumed of the motion:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

(a) supports a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability, and their families and carers; and

(b) will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life;

(2) notes that:

(a) the NDIS began in a number of trial sites around Australia from July 2013;

(b) the NDIS is now operational across Australia;

(c) as at 31 December 2017, there were 132,743 participants with an approved plan with the NDIS and 9,523 children receiving support through the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach; and

(d) the NDIS roll-out in Western Australia will commence 1 July 2018;

(3) calls on the Government to urgently address delays and inadequacies in the NDIS operations and roll-out, including:

(a) funding adequacy and access to the scheme;

(b) NDIS plan approvals and plan renewals;

(c) access to adequate health services, care and supports, housing and other essential services; and

(d) ensuring that the pricing structure of the NDIS enables service providers to deliver high quality support to participants in the scheme including for group activities that are being threatened by the current model;

(4) reaffirms its commitment to:

(a) ensuring Australians with a disability continue to get the support they need;

(b) the scheme roll-out continuing to ensure a smooth transition for people with disability and support providers; and

(c) an adequately funded and resourced NDIS; and

(5) encourages all Members of Parliament to support the NDIS roll-out and the access to support it provides to people with disability.