A pre-budget lobbying campaign by agencies including Community Transport Organisation (CTO) has paid off, with the news that the Federal Government will increase what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pays for services that provide community participation.
CTO, a peak for community transport services, has been vocal in calling for increased funding to allow NDIS participants better access to community, social and recreational activities, and its pre-budget submission, along with other agencies such as National Disability Services and Disability Australia.
CTO, Chair, Bethany Langford said the announcement of NDIS payments that more closely reflect the true cost of community transport services, is welcome.
“There have been repeated failures by the Federal Government to spend all of the funding allocated to the NDIS in the budgets, with up to $5 billion unallocated. This has created a falsely impressive bottom line for the government,” Ms. Langford said.
“We are now urging the Federal Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency to get this increase of $850 million for NDIS costs right. If there are increases to pricing guides for services under the NDIS, then there must be commensurate increases to NDIS funding packages allocated to participants,” she said.
Community Transport Organisation represents community transport services that provide accessible and affordable transport to NDIS participants, and to other people who are transport disadvantaged.
“Transport underpins all services and community access, and should therefore be at the very forefront of NDIS planning, to ensure individuals can access the services and activities they need.”
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View CTO Budget Submission here.