Our recommendations reflected in Productivity Commission's NDIS costs report

Our recommendations reflected in Productivity Commission's NDIS costs report

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) welcomes the Productivity Commission’s considered report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs.

The report, which was released last week, came after a year-long inquiry including submissions from VLA and others in the disability sector.

It identified the importance of the VLA-run case of McGarrigle v National Disability Insurance Agency in clarifying the scope of reasonable and necessary supports under the scheme. In that case VLA argued that legislation governing the NDIS does not allow for supports to only be partially funded. This enabled Liam McGarrigle, a 21-year-old man with autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability who lived 25 kilometres from Geelong, to access funding for transport to use supports in place under his NDIS plan. As a result of that case, provided other funding criteria are met, people with a disability living in rural areas who are unable to drive or access public transport should now be funded for the full cost of their reasonable and necessary transport needs.

The Productivity Commission’s recommendations picked up on other issues raised by VLA based on the experience of our clients, including the need to improve the accessibility of the scheme for people with psychosocial disabilities. The report also affirmed VLA’s concern that no changes be made to the management of the scheme that would impair its ability to function predictably, transparently and fairly for people living with a disability or their carers.

VLA continues to assist potential and current participants of the NDIS to access the scheme to their fullest entitlement.

More information

Read the Productivity Commission report.

Read the Federal Court judgment.

Read more about the McGarrigle test case heard in December 2016.

How we can help

Find out how you can Get help with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

See Your appeal rights and the National Disability Scheme.

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