Daniel Andrews’ delayed NDIS rollout will leave people stranded

The Andrews Labor Government’s rollout of the NDIS in Victoria will leave people on the waiting list in the Pyrenees Shire until the 1st of January 2017.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said while the NDIS had bipartisan support and was great news for local people with disabilities and their families, she is concerned the rollout would miss some people who were in most need.

“The former Liberal-Nationals Government signed up to the NDIS and committed to a roll-out where all those on waiting lists, regardless of where they lived, received the benefits first,” Ms Staley said.

“Under the Andrews Labor Government’s rollout, some people who are already receiving disability services will be transitioned while those on waiting lists in towns like Beaufort, Avoca, and Snake Valley will continue to wait.”

Shadow Minister for Disability Tim Bull said out the NDIS to those on the waiting list first was the fairest approach.

“While there is provision for early roll out of some of the more acute cases on waiting lists, everyone who is eligible, stuck on a waiting list and not receiving a service at all, should access the NDIS first,” Mr Bull said.

Shadow Minister for Families and Children Georgie Crozier said children, in particular, should have access to early intervention services under the NDIS as a priority.

“Young children with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable on our waiting lists and it is so important they have access to services as early as possible,” Ms Crozier said.

“While the NDIS is great news for these children and their families, we need to make sure the rollout is done fairly and targets those in most need.”