ACT Not Ready for NDIS: Wall

The ACT isn’t as prepared as it should be for a transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the middle of next year, Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall said today.

“Seven months out from the biggest change to disability support in this country on the 1st of July 2014 and Joy Burch is still indecisive on how the fundamentals of the transition will play out,” Mr Wall said.

“People with a disability, their families and carers are still no closer to understanding what services will stop being operated by the ACT Government, exactly what changes they should expect and what services they will be entitled to pay for.

“The disability sector and service providers still have no idea of the final pricing schedule, leaving them little time to finalise any structural changes they need to make to do their business in anticipation of the 1st of July.

“The Federal Government has been open and transparent about the challenges they foresee as we move into the next phase of the rollout of the scheme, but the ACT Labor/Green Government isn’t following suit.

“I’m urging Joy Burch to be more transparent with the information she provides to the disability community and finalise the fundamental aspects of the ACT’s transition as a matter of urgency,” Mr Wall concluded.