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Government must ensure an inclusive NDIS planning process

The Australian Greens have used question time to raise concerns that people living with a disability are being left out of some planning aspects of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

"The Government today again acknowledged the current system is not meeting the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities said today.

"The sector continues to speak to me about their concern that people with disabilities are not being engaged adequately as planning for the NDIS gets underway, particularly by the States and Territories.

"Inclusion at this stage of the process is important as this scheme must meet the needs people with disability first and foremost. People also need to prepare for their new decision-making role under the NDIS.

"It is also essential that once the NDIS begins, people with disability are involved in monitoring and evaluation processes.

"The Australian Government has provided funding to assist Australian Disability Enterprises to become NDIS ready, but what is it doing to assist people with disability to prepare for their expanded role in the NDIS?"

"I've asked the Government to provide specific responses to the questions on how they are ensuring that people with disability are intricately involved in all aspect of the development and implementation of the NDIS.

"Article 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) stipulates that people with disability must be involved in all decisions that affect their lives.

“While the Government has significant planning and development under way, and has ensured that service providers are involved and supported in the process, I have had concerns represented to me that people with disability may not be as involved as much as they should be.

"The NDIS represents a fundamental shift of control to people with disability over the choice and management of their disability supports and must involve people with disability at all level of development,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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