NATIONAL MEANS NATIONAL
THE NDIS AT RISK OF BECOMING CAPTURED BY SELF-INTEREST
“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now half-way through its three year trial period. However, the critical elements necessary to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect, including standards, quality assurance, safeguards and compliance, are yet to be determined,” said Max Jackson and Margaret Ryan, authors of a newly released document The National Disability Insurance Scheme – National Means National challenging the conservatism of more of the same.
Max and Margaret’s document vigorously pursues the notion that “National Means National”. This is because of preliminary evidence exposing the push by some self-interested parties across various state and territory jurisdictions to maintain the status quo and maintain their place in the sun.
“The recent exposure on the ABC’s Four Corners program of the horrific failings in Victoria’s safeguards for people with disabilities challenges the push for maintaining state and territory based systems”, they said. Max and Margaret further stated, “It is essential that Senator Fifield, along with the members of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council, cast off the shackles of ‘more of the same’ and be bold in establishing a truly national system.”
“The standards, the quality assurance system and the safeguards, including consequences for non-compliance, must come under a separate Commonwealth entity,” said Max and Margaret.
Their document pursues the creation of a National Disability Compliance Authority (NDCA) reporting through the Australian Human Rights Commission. Max and Margaret stated, “Anything short of this will be national in name only and the opportunity for the Federal, State and Territory governments to transform the disability sector across Australia will be lost.”
NDIS Challenge Paper, "National means National" by JacksonRyan Partners
15 December 2014
Contact: Max Jackson, Mobile 0413 040 654. Margaret Ryan, Mobile 0412 409 610.