We welcome the new Ministers appointed yesterday by Prime Minister Morrison. The new Minister for Family and Social Services, Anne Rushton, and the new Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, take up their portfolios at a time of change for people with disability in Australia.
We look forward to working with both Ministers to get to work on our Royal Commission, to address the appalling extent of violence against people with disability.
The National Disability Strategy is being renewed for the next decade, detailing how we will fulfil our obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, putting the rights of people with disability at the centre of everything the Australian Government does to deliver change across the community including with other levels of government.
We look forward to working with both Ministers to implement their commitments to people with disability, such as the improvements to the NDIS, strong employment targets for people with disability and more specialist disability housing. We also will be looking to these Ministers to lead a national effort to make sure that people with disability aren’t falling through the gaps being created by many state and territory governments, who are withdrawing from essential services. We believe implementing the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on the review of the National Disability Agreement is critical to this.
We want to see a person with disability taking on the role of CEO for the NDIS, and that appointment made as soon as possible. We agree with the Prime Minister that the NDIS has to work more efficiently, with no more delays and no more underspends, and appreciated the appointment of a dedicated Minister to that job. We want to see the staffing cap removed for the NDIS to have enough people to meet the needs of people with disability.
We are also pleased to see a Minister for Housing, Michael Sukkar, and that Minister Cash has retained employment as her portfolio, as well as an Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, Luke Howarth. People with disability urgently need action on affordable, accessible housing, and we need a National Jobs Plan to address the barriers we face when looking for paid work.