The national disability insurance scheme must continue unfettered

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:33pm, first published October 8 2014 - 11:56am

There has been a largely positive response to the national disability insurance scheme trials which began on July 1, 2013, in Tasmania, South Australia, the NSW Hunter region, and the Barwon area in Victoria, and in the ACT, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory on July 1, 2014. Many parents and families say the disbursement of funding packages from the NDIS Agency has enabled them to better tailor therapy and support services according to the particular needs and circumstances of their disabled dependents, and has freed them from having to seek funding from different sources. But uncertainties, many of them pertaining to NDIS eligibility guidelines and the future of services which had been traditionally state-funded but which will in future be provided by the private sector, continue to arise. In Canberra, some carers have expressed reservations about the readiness of private providers to take over the ACT government's early-intervention programs for children with disabilities, due to occur in January. And though Disability Minister Joy Burch says no child will be left without service or support, calls for the private sector to be given more time to prepare, including from Opposition disability spokesman Andrew Wall, continue to be made.

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