concern over the abbott regime’s rhetoric about the scheme...
The Abbott government must do a better job to assure people about the future of the national disability insurance scheme, says a leading advocate, who argues the anxiety could encourage rushed purchases of once-in-10-year support items.
Craig Wallace, president of People with Disability Australia, welcomed plans by a joint parliamentary committee to visit areas currently benefiting from the early stages of the rollout to speak with participants, families and carers about their experience.
The committee, headed by former Liberal minister Mal Brough, will travel to all four trial sites over coming weeks, the latest in a series of review processes looking at implementation.
The scheme – designed to provide individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability – began in July 2013 in Tasmania for youth aged 15 to 24; in South Australia for children aged up to 14; and in the Barwon area of Victoria and the Hunter area in New South Wales for people up to the age of 65.
He said uncertainty could influence people’s purchasing decisions over once-in-10-year needs, such as a new wheelchair hoist for their car.
“I really urge them [the committee] to get an understanding of just what the public anxiety around the scheme is doing in terms of the way people are using the scheme,” Wallace said.