Assistant Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Carers and Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, says NDIS participants on the Coast can breathe a sigh of relief with the Federal Government shelving plans to introduce independent assessments.
But she remains concerned the issue could arise again in the future.
“This is a huge win for people living with a disability on the Central Coast,” she said.
“Under the plan (which was under consideration) 500,000 Australians living with a permanent disability would’ve been forced into an assessment with a stranger so the Government could cut costs,” McBride said.
McBride said she was concerned about Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds’ choice of words when she described the plans as being shelved and not thrown out altogether.
“The NDIS is critical in our region,” she said.
“Over 350 people have contacted me about the NDIS and (there was a big surge in) inquiries from locals deeply concerned about independent assessment.
“The NDIS was designed so Australians living with a disability could have choice and control this must be protected for the future.”
Media release, Jul 13
Member for Dobell, Emma McBride