Page 4377 - Week 14 - Thursday, 28 November 2013

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The grants are also providing a tangible impetus to encourage funded service providers to think about how their business systems will manage in the context of invoice-based funding. Providers have been challenged to consider what they actually have to offer consumers with the cash in their pocket looking to buy their disability related support or service. We know we have not reached everybody who might be eligible for the NDIS but we have certainly found some good strategies and networks through which to continue to provide information and assistance to people who may be eligible.

It is important that members of the Assembly understand and support the work that is underway to prepare the ACT community for this most significant reform. This reform will fundamentally change the way people with disabilities and their families receive the supports and services they need to attend the tasks of daily life, to have personal and domestic needs met, to have mobility, communication, and to learn, work and to play.

It is the responsibility of each of us to support our community to learn about, to understand and to support the national disability insurance scheme.

I present the following paper:

National Disability Insurance Scheme—Ministerial statement, dated 28 November 2013.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.24): I welcome the minister’s update on the NDIS transition that she has brought here today. It is, however, disappointing that on the last sitting day of the year, much of the detail that the community services sector and the opposition have been asking for is still yet to be provided. The minister mentions in her statement that the opposition have asked a number of questions about how the transition will be conducted. Since taking on the responsibility for the disability portfolio, I have, at every opportunity available to me, sought answers to the many questions that still remain unanswered about the ACT’s transition to the NDIS.

The minister has come as close to revealing the true state of the transition as she ever will. However, the detail is still desperately needed. Seven months prior to the biggest change to disability support our country has ever seen being implemented in the ACT, this minister is still trying to decide how some of the fundamentals of the transition will work. We are still no clearer on what services, if any, will continue to be provided by the ACT government.

If services are to continue to be provided by the ACT government, will these services receive funding over and above the fee for service provided by the NDIS? For services such as respite services at Hughes House, Kese House and Teen House, which are currently up for tender—services that the government has taken the

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