Continuity of inferior care

UNDER the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a person needs to have acquired their disability before the age of 65 in order to qualify. Once that person reaches the age of 65, they have a choice between continuing with the NDIS or leaving the NDIS for the aged care system.

Given that the pension eligibility age is increasing to 67 and that it is current Australian Government policy to make it 70, this is a bit strange.

The more pressing issue is that the NDIS is being 'rolled out'. This means it is available in some places, but not yet in others. So what happens if a person acquires a disability before the NDIS has been rolled out in their area and that person then turns 65?

This person will not qualify for the NDIS once it comes to their area, but would instead have to apply for aged care.

The Government has responded to this issue by setting up the Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme.

This is how the timeline runs:
1) A person aged under 65 acquires a disability.
2) That person gets assistance through the current, soon-to-be-phased out arrangement in their state or territory.
3) That person turns 65.
4) The NDIS is rolled out in their area.
5) The state/territory arrangements lapse.
6) The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme takes over.

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme is supposed to continue to provide the services that were provided under the state/territory arrangements.

This is a strange and most arbitrary way of dealing with this issue.

Strange, because obviously the same providers who provided services under state/territory arrangements will be providing services as part of the NDIS. So why can't the person simply be slotted into the NDIS?

Arbitrary, because the person has now missed out on the NDIS solely because they resided in an area where the NDIS was rolled out later than elsewhere.

The concern is that that person will receive an inferior service package under the Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme than they would under the NDIS.