The NDIS will be a disaster

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to become an expensive flop and more evidence arrives every day that shows it will cost all Australians too much and leave those in need worse off. As I wrote yesterday, it should have been scrapped in the budget.

From today’s Australian:

In Sydney’s west, mother of three Kathryn Gilbert is stuck in a fight with the NDIS over support for her seven-year-old son Kaelab that was initially “cut in half”.

Ms Gilbert’s two other children, Tyler, 5, and Christian, 3, have autism and NDIS plans, but the situation with Kaelab was “the most concerning” after more than $10,000 in funding was cut on review last October.

“The review was a horrible ­experience,” Ms Gilbert said. “I was told we would have four hours to go over everything he needed but we only had 45 minutes. He lost his community support placement with Barnardos, therapy support. It was all cut. Some of it has been put back now, but not to the extent it was in the first plan.”

The best people to deal with disabilities are families. Governments can never hope to replace them and when they do the situation is inevitably worsened.

Rather than an NDIS, everyone would be better off if the government’s tax and welfare system treated all families equally – especially those where one parent gives up work to look after children.

At the moment the tax system, childcare system and welfare system is designed to punish stay-at-home mothers and treats women (the primary caregiver) like nothing more than cogs in a god called the economy.

It’s all back to front.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. The system is all back to front.
    i was talking with an employment services worker recently and they have two particular clients, one who lost both legs for whatever reason not known and another who lost one leg. Now, with the current centrelink system, neither of these people qualify for disability pension regardless of their mental anguish that goes along with amputation for many people and are going about their lives trying the best they can on what the have.
    One the other side of the coin i also know of a man who has a minor nerve problem with his foot and does qualify for disability pension as he allegedly cannot wear shoes. He can manage to wear shoes for hours at a time each week when he is at the Auctions buying repairable writeoff vehicles so he can panelbeat, mechanically repair and then sell these vehicles with a profit of thousands of dollars (one year $38,500) each year. That doesn’t include all the other overseas buying trips and things like solar panel installation that this “disabled” person conducts. This person has been reported by many people to centrelink who then contact him and tell him they are coming around at a prearranged time (enough time for everything to be hidden) to investigate. That is how backward and stupid this system is and when the Government tell us they are cracking down on welfare cheats i have to laugh. It is the people who really are destitute and are in reliance of the system that are punished or rejected.
    Then the Government comes up with NDIS and in typical form, totally stuff it up. And it is us tax payers footing the bill as per usual. Time to change the Government, not to the loony labor or the grungy greens either, and time to change the system to something that makes sense and overall WORKS.

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  2. The NDIS may have many faults, but!
    I am a parent of a severely intellectually disabled daughter now in her 40’s.
    People with genuine disabilities do exist. These people have been catered for with various support systems for many years in Australia, and these systems have in the main been very necessary and helpful in giving people with disabilities a much better life largely via community access schemes and ongoing education, employment and lifestyle satisfaction.
    This has been mostly administered by State Governments using joint State and Federal Funding.
    While I am not convinced that NDIS can do the job any better than before, the worst thing for disabled people is constant reorganisations and changes to their support mechanisms.
    We now have been through this reorganisation and the last thing we need is another one.
    Lets just make sure the NDIS is not rorted by people who are not in genuine need, and let us get on with making this scheme work.

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  3. Back in the late 70s/early 80s, I was an active part of the deaf community. Back then, everyone had a job except for those of retirement age and mothers with school-aged kids. A handful of people worked in sheltered workshops. Today, only 4 deaf people I know work, including myself, even though all are well under retirement age. When I bump into people from those days, there is invariably some comment made by them of the things they have to do or not do to ensure their pension doesn’t get cut. Such as not being able to go overseas for another x months as they’ve hit their Centrelink limit for overseas trips. The rot all started when the government extended disability allowances. And don’t get me started on the removal/relaxation of education requirements for disabled/mature age university students. NDIS is going to make ‘disabled’ people even more dependent on the taxpayer than they already are.

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