The Australian Greens will propose amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme package, and seek assurances from the Government over other areas of interest.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens disabilities spokesperson, says the planned amendments will improve operation of the legislation and address concerns raised by the community.
“During the long journey to an NDIS, we have heard clearly how powerful this legislation will be for so many people. I look forward to seeing the launch sites in action, and seeing this scheme rolled out nationally,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“This legislation provides a once in a life time opportunity, and we need to get it right.
“The Greens’ proposed amendments will address issues such as advocacy, the make-up of the Board and the age restrictions.
“An NDIS represents transformative change, giving people much greater choice and control about their care and providing the necessary support to help them live, work and participate in their communities.
“Our amendments embed advocacy as a core principle and improve the ability of the agency to undertake advocacy in order to ensure that the NDIS supports are complemented by mainstream services.
“I will also be seeking assurances from the Government that this scheme will better help Aboriginal people and ensure they are able to access culturally appropriate support.
“People with a disability have waited long enough and I am glad to be able to help bring that wait to an end by contributing the support of the Australian Greens to this legislation,” Senator Siewert concluded.