Gippsland South The Nationals Health Disability

NDIS rollout causes service delays for locals

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said today that the State Government’s roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme would leave people on the waiting list in the Wellington and South Gippsland shires without services until 2019.

Mr O’Brien said while the NDIS had strong bipartisan support and was great news for Victorians with disabilities and their families, he was concerned the roll-out would miss some people who were in most need.

“The Nationals in 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,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Under this Government’s changed roll-out, people in the first areas to be transitioned who are already receiving disability services under the current system will be moved to the NDIS, while those on waiting lists in other areas like Wellington and South Gippsland will continue to wait.

“Locally, we are the last area to be transitioned in the state in 2019, so it is critically important to our families.”

Mr O’Brien said that that rolling out the NDIS to those on the state-wide waiting list first was the fairest approach.

“This is what we, The Nationals, committed to do and it’s what carer groups wanted,” he said.

Member for Gippsland East and Shadow Minister for Disability Tim Bull said while some of the more acute cases currently on waiting lists could be included early, those stuck on a waiting list and not receiving any service at all would be forced to wait.

"It's very disappointing that Labor has chosen not to follow the program we proposed and even more so that Gippsland will be last on the list," Mr Bull said.

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