Published: 24 April 2019
The letter (22/4) exposing ways in which the federal government is undermining successful implementation of the NDIS is commendable. NDIS consumers, family members, planners, co-ordinators, support workers and the social workers who advocate for them, are in an ongoing struggle to accommodate an underfunded system. A total of $3.79 billion of federal funds was underspent in the 2018-19 financial year, and further spending cuts were announced in the recent budget. The great stories of people receiving reasonable and necessary supports from the NDIS sit alongside stories of unskilled NDIS planners who lack any understanding of disability and endorse plans that are underfunded and inappropriate. Employing inappropriate NDIS planners, removing people with experience of disability from the board and placing a banker as chair have contributed to shameful underspending that the federal government claims is good monetary management.
This needs to be challenged to support the original vision and goals of the NDIS legislation.
Dr Carmel Laragy, convener (Vic), Individual Funding Practice Group, Australian Association of Social Workers