NSW Disability Bill a raw deal for people with disability

“People with disability and their carers who have had a chance to look at the details of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill 2013 have serious reservations about what it will mean for the future quality of supports and services and the choice of what’s available for all people with disability”, said Senior Policy Advisor, Amelia Christie.

“While a strong supporter of the NDIS, CPSA is very concerned about the privatisation of all disability services, which this Bill allows for.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill 2013 removes the safety net of Government.

“People should have the option of retaining or accessing Government run services if they wish to do so. Within a market focused environment people with high needs who are unable to advocate for themselves, particularly those who don’t have a strong advocate speaking out on their behalf, fall through the cracks.

“We see this happening in aged care, where private providers are able to cherry pick nursing home residents and so avoid taking on people who are considered to have costly high needs or labelled as having problem behaviours.

“Without a Government operator which can have more oversight, we’ll end up with a race to the bottom in terms of quality of services for high needs people. The possibility of this occurring is made all the more real by the discussions by the Australian Government to move the management of the NDIS to Medibank Private which they intend to privatise.

“CPSA calls on Minister Ajaka to suspend the passage of the Bill until people with disability are engaged in meaningful consultation where they have a chance to give input”, said Ms Christie.

Media contact: Amelia Christie
Phone: 0410 612 182.