Government must account for missing data on disability services

Missing data on disability services in the ACT rings alarm bells, Shadow Minister for Disability Elizabeth Lee said.
The Productivity Commission report on government services includes data on people accessing disability services in each Australian jurisdiction.
Every state and territory except for the ACT has recorded data for 2016-17.
The ACT is missing data on accommodation support, community support, community access and respite services.
Ms Lee has written to the Minister for Disability, Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith, seeking an immediate explanation on why there is no information available for the ACT.
“The ACT is the only Australian jurisdiction that has no information on people using specialist disability services,” Ms Lee said.
“This sets alarm bells ringing. This information is vital for informing policy and ensuring quality care.
“Without data, the government is running blind. I have no doubt this will compromise the quality of services available to Canberrans with a disability.
“If the data is available, then why was the ACT the only jurisdiction in Australia that failed to provide the information?
“I call on the Minister to provide an explanation on the missing data to our community immediately,” Ms Lee said