Thousands of Victorians are still waiting to receive the funding and services they desperately need under Scott Morrison’s botched rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria today called on the Federal Liberal-National Government to step up and finally deliver an NDIS plan to the thousands of people waiting across Northern Victoria, so they can lead the happy and healthy lives they deserve.
In Victoria there are more than 105,000 people with a disability who need to transfer to the NDIS by the end of June this year. The most recent data published by the NDIA showed that only just over 65,000 people had done so by 31 March 2019.
A new analysis by the Victorian Government reveals the true extent of the delay for vulnerable people in Northern Victoria. In addition to people who have been delayed entering the NDIS, many more are in the scheme but are still waiting for their plan to be approved.
Long waiting times have placed unfair stress on individuals, carers and families who continue to suffer because of the Liberal-Nationals’ poor staffing levels and processes that don’t adequately support people with a disability – particularly those with complex needs.
The State Labor Government has had to intervene and create a specialised unit in the Department of Health and Human Services to do the Commonwealth’s work by helping over 28,000 individual clients transition to the NDIS.
Disturbingly, hundreds of clients have also had to be added back into the system due to the Commonwealth striking off Victorians who simply didn’t answer the phone after three phone calls.
The State Labor Government is due to be investing $2.5 billion next financial year towards the NDIS and will continue to call on the Federal Coalition to stop short changing people with a disability.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Scott Morrison has failed people with a disability in Northern Victoria for long enough. He needs to properly fund and staff the NDIS so it can be delivered as it was promised.”
“The Federal Liberal-Nationals have had six years and five Ministers to roll out the NDIS, yet they continue to delay people getting the care they need.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“It’s simply unacceptable that thousands of Victorians with a disability are being forced by the Federal Coalition to wait so long to get the help they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.”
“Time and time again, Victoria has called on Scott Morrison and the Federal Coalition to fix this mess, but for years they’ve refused – leaving vulnerable people without the care they need.”