NEDA expresses concern and outrage over leaked NDIS draft legislation
26 March 2021
Today, we were made aware, through media reports, that the Government is considering draft legislation that will make significant and long-lasting changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Those changes are expected to be an add-on to the fraught Independent Assessment process, announced last year.
We are outraged to hear of the draft legislation and more so, by the fact that the first we heard of these changes are
through a media article published in the Sydney Morning Herald today.
The article explicitly states that the draft legislation “plans to remove all references to co-design” and “restrict NDIS access to people with disability”.
If that were to be true, it would be appalling for us and for the community we represent. People with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds expect and demand to have a seat at the table. We have the right to access the supports we need and we  should be at the forefront of ALL aspects of the NDIS, from operations to implementation.
The proposed legislation seems to be a huge step away from choice and control and from the values of fairness, freedom, equality and cooperation that people with disability and our representative organisations have fought for, for so long.
For the NDIS to operate effectively and provide the right supports CALD people with disability require, we need to ensure that we are meaningfully involved in the co-design, co-implementation and co-evaluation of all activities. People with disability and disability advocacy organisations need to make decisions collectively with the agency:
no decision about us can be made without us.
“Today’s distressing news and recent concerns regarding Independent Assessments sadly reflect that this is not the NDIS we fought for. We demand answers. We are especially concerned that particular groups are being targeted, hence making access to the scheme for them more difficult. We urge the Morrison Government to meet with our people and their representative organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and Disability Representative Organisations (DROs) as a matter of urgency,” our CEO Dwayne Cranfield said.
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