Founders lash ‘mishandling’ of scheme

John Walsh, an architect of the original NDIS, said the NDIS had been a lost opportunity

Two architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme have lashed the Commonwealth Government and the scheme’s agency for mishandling the $25 billion-a-year scheme. Source: The Australian.

John Walsh, an architect of the original NDIS, and a former board member of the National Disability Insurance Agency that runs it, will today tell a disability conference that while all governments, state and federal had botched the scheme’s implementation, the federal Government bore particular responsibility.

In a pre-recorded interview, Mr Walsh said the NDIS had been a lost opportunity and Australian governments collectively had “let down people with disabilities”.

Bruce Bonyhady, the inaugural NDIA chairman who was deeply involved in the scheme’s original design, said the sector had lost trust in the agency he formerly oversaw as it sought to rein in costs.

The disability sector has been in uproar since the Morrison Government sought to bring in a new form of assessment for NDIS packages for the 460,000 people currently on the system and another 80,000 expected to become eligible in the next two years.

Federal NDIS minister Linda Reynolds had put the proposal on hold in March and has now committed to co-designing a new assessment method with participants and the states, but insists reform is required to ensure scheme sustainability, given its rapidly rising cost, projected by the NDIA to exceed $40 billion a year by 2025.

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NDIS founders lash ‘mishandling’ of scheme (By Stephen Lunn, The Australian)

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