The matter involving 21-year-old Liam McGarrigle will now be returned to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for re-consideration.
Liam has autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability. He needs to use taxis because he can’t drive, and there is no public transport available in the small town of Moriac. In effect, this meant that his family was being asked to pay $4000 each year for Liam to be able to go to work and to participate in a disability and social group.
Reconsideration of this matter by the AAT will have implications for other people supported through the scheme. It will apply to funding of all NDIS supports.
'Not fully funding NDIS supports shifts the burden onto families and undermines the intention of the scheme.’
'People with a disability, their families and carers should not be forced to bear a financial burden because of the way the National Disability Insurance Agency makes funding decisions.’Dan Nicholson, Executive Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity
We also to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into NDIS costs. In that submission, we said that not all participants are benefiting from the scheme and that this is eroding the intentions of scheme.
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Reviewed 14 April 2022