PWDA expressed its opposition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Streamlined Governance) Bill 2019, as we had concerns over the following:
- the potential to erode the equal partnership principle that defines the relationship between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories in the NDIS, especially in circumstances that are complex and require collaboration between Governments to ultimately solve issues
- how the Bill will interact with the forthcoming Tune Review of the NDIS Act
- how the Bill will interact with the forthcoming National Disability Agreement and National Disability Strategy
- what impact lowering the thresholds for key decision-making powers of the Disability Reform Council (DRC) will have, and how it will affect the governance of the NDIS, and
- the uncertainty around the process to address disagreement with the Commonwealth Minister’s decision, and
We stood unanimously with other disability peak organisations in our key recommendation to consider the proposed changes in this Bill to be deferred and considered after the Tune Review of the NDIS Act was completed.
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