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Albo and Labor’s NDIS policy

Albo and Labor’s NDIS policy

With the change in government earlier this year, advocacy group People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is monitoring how the change will affect the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). “A Better Future for the NDIS” was one of Labor’s campaign policies, and it incorporated an 11-point plan that was light on detail.  

What is Labor’s 11-point NDIS plan?

Labor’s 11-point NDIS plan is summarised below.

  1. Put people with a disability back at the centre of the NDIS.
  2. Make all proposed changes to the NDIS transparent. 
  3. Publish data so that the scheme can be properly monitored, evaluated and interrogated.
  4. Increase the number of people with disability on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) executive and board.
  5. Share governance with people with disability and their families and State and Territory governments, and ensure the scheme is working with mainstream services.
  6. Stop waste in the NDIS system.
  7. Fix the NDIS planning pathway and appeals process.
  8. Review NDIS pricing, markets and compliance, and develop a comprehensive NDIS workforce strategy.
  9. Pause the Morrison government’s changes to Supported Independent Living (SIL).
  10. Investigate the $500 million specialist disability accommodation (SDA) underspend.
  11. Investigate the NDIA’s call centre operation.

The PWDA scorecard

The PWDA created a scorecard prior to the election where it rated all parties and key independent candidates on their policies across seven key issues for the disability sector.

Those issues are:

  1. Health and wellbeing
  2. Employment and financial security
  3. Inclusive homes and communities
  4. Safety, rights and issues
  5. NDIS reforms
  6. Education and learning
  7. Community attitudes

Each of these broad issues has sub-issues within them. The areas where the PWDA is satisfied with Labor’s commitment are outlined in the table below.

Broad issueSub-issue
Health and wellbeingEmergency/disaster prioritisation for people with disabilities
Improve COVID-19 protection for people with disabilities
Employment and financial securityDeliver more effective employment pathways for people with disabilities
Inclusive homes and communitiesAddress housing issues, especially SDA and SIL
Safety, rights and issuesNil
NDIS reformsCommitment to the co-design of NDIS reforms with people with disabilities
Education and learningNil
Community attitudesNil

However, the areas where Labor has given only a partial commitment or no commitment are outlined in the table below. The PWDA would like the Albanese government to either fully or at least partially commit to all of them.

Broad issueSub-issue
Health and wellbeingFund a COVID-19 plan for people with disabilities (no current commitment)
Employment and financial securityLifelong access to the disability support pension(no current commitment)
Abolish barriers to accessing the disability support pension(no current commitment)
Abolish the BasicsCard, Cashless Debit Cards and compulsory income management (no current commitment)
Inclusive homes and communitiesCommit to the recommendations of the Segregation Positions Statement of the Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) (no current commitment)
Invest in accessible and affordable social housing(no current commitment)
Safety, rights and issuesImplement all Disability Royal Commission recommendations (partial commitment)
Implement all Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations
(no current commitment)
Implement all Child Abuse Royal Commission recommendations (no current commitment)
NDIS reformsRemove NDIS access barriers for marginalised communities(partial commitment)
Education and learningImplement the Inclusive Education Roadmap prepared by the Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE)(partial commitment)
Community attitudesImprove the representation of people with disabilities in all community sectors(partial commitment)
Commit to a co-designed anti-ableism campaign(no current commitment)

It’s too early to determine how Labor’s 11-point plan will be implemented, but PWDA will be monitoring developments closely. They will continue to lobby for the disability sector at all levels of government – federal, state and local – to get full commitments in any areas it believes are lacking.

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