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Federal government to seek state and territory backing for NDIS independent assessments

People with disabilities will soon discover whether the states and territories back significant changes to how their supports are calculated. The federal government wants to introduce independent assessments for all National Disability Insurance Scheme participants and new applicants. Disability Minister Linda Reynolds will seek in-principle support from her state and territory counterparts at a meeting this Friday. The changes are designed to rein in the annual cost of the NDIS, which is projected to reach $60 billion by the end of the decade.

Senator Reynolds argues the cost-cutting measure will also make the NDIS more fair and equitable.

But the proposed changes are vehemently opposed by Labor, the Greens, and disability community members.

Greens senator Jordon Steele-John accused the government of undermining the scheme and making it more difficult to receive support.

Senator Steele-John cast doubt over the cost projections, calculated by an actuary at the NDIS, and called for the figures to be independently analyzed.

“Every time another roadblock is put up to these changes, and disabled people speak out about how bad they will be, the government just seems to increase the figure,” he told ABC radio.

It’s a scare campaign to get the crossbench and disability ministers to support these changes.

“We are really hoping, as disabled people, that these ministers on Friday do not fall for it.” Senator Steele-John, who lives with cerebral palsy, urged the disability community to continue fighting the changes. He described the upcoming disability ministers’ meeting as the first in a series of hurdles the Commonwealth would need to clear if it wanted to implement the changes in August as planned.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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