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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2405 ..


everything that we can to keep you safe, that we have got your back. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next sitting.

Disability services—National Disability Insurance Scheme

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (3.44): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) there are over 8000 ACT residents who have a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan;

(b) when the NDIS was founded, at its core was the principle of person-centred support with choice and control given to people with disability to make decisions that affect their lives;

(c) there has been a notable shift by the Commonwealth Government in recent years from the core principles that the NDIS was founded on;

(d) the proposed independent assessments was the most recent example of the move away from person-centred support with choice and control given to people with disability, however other examples such as the attempt by the Commonwealth to change the rules of the NDIS on access to sex work services and other decisions have also been examples; and

(e) states and territories have maintained the original core principle by, where possible, pushing back on proposed Commonwealth changes;

(2) supports the core principle of person-centred support that gives choice and control to people with disability;

(3) calls on the ACT Government to respect the wish of the ACT Legislative Assembly and continue to champion an NDIS where person-centred support, that gives choice and control to people with disability, is a core principle; and

(4) calls on the Commonwealth to honour the commitment made by disability ministers in July 2021 to co-design any changes to the NDIS with people with disability and their supporters.

My motion notes that there are over 8,000 ACT residents who have a National Disability Insurance Scheme plan. My motion notes also that the principles that the NDIS was founded on were to provide person-centred support, with choice and control given to those living with disability. It also notes that the recent shift in policy by the commonwealth, in particular regarding independent assessments, moves further away from these principles than the existing policies and administration constraints that the agency already have. Fundamentally, my motion notes that it is important that the territory and other states and territories push back on this and it calls on the minister and this place to do just that.

When the concept of the National Disability Insurance Scheme was introduced by a Productivity Commission report in 2011, many in the disability community were extremely optimistic about the future. Indeed, with the actual introduction of the


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