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ndis NDIS viewpoint With South Australia in the thick of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out, Link asked South Australian Minister for Disabilities Katrine Hildyard for her views on the significant social reform. Here’s what she had to say. T In the coming years, our South he National Disability acceptable to South Australians with Insurance Scheme is a once disability, to their families and carers Australian disability sector is in a generation reform that – and certainly unacceptable to me. expected to double in size, going will improve the lives of 32,000 South Australians living with disability. This is why our South Australian The NDIA needs to better resource its efforts to meet transition deadlines because from the current 6,000 to 12,000 full time equivalent jobs. We are committed to reaching out Government was one of the first people with disability have waited to job seekers and promoting jobs in jurisdictions to sign up, starting a long enough for better supports this rewarding sector, to maximise this state-wide trial for children under 13 and to be at the centre of decision job creation potential and support back in 2013. making about their lives; the rollout South Australian organisations must continue to schedule. to have the capacity to positively In accordance with the agreement struck with the Commonwealth, I recently took a proposal to an agreement we expect to be prevent gaps emerging for complex honoured, our South Australian and regional clients to the November South Australian Government Government will commit $723 million Disability Reform Council meeting has held a series of NDIS Expos a year toward the $1.5 billion that will and I am pleased the NDIA has throughout our State where people be spent on disability services across agr eed to work urgently on this. have been able to access information our State. I am also reassured that the support and embrace this growth. Over the past 12 months, our about services and the NDIS and, for NDIA is moving back to face-to- those wanting to work in the sector, means South Australians with face planning and continuing to information about career pathways. disability will finally have the choice improve its interactions with people of services and supports they transitioning to the scheme. This huge increase in investment deserve to meet their individual The Productivity Commission People with disability shouldn’t have to wait any longer to get better support, nor should we have to wait needs and to enable them to actively also found the employee cap any longer for the benefits of the new participate in community life and in placed on the NDIA by the Federal jobs the NDIS will bring to every part our economy. Government is increasing the of South Australia. There have recently been some 12 Minister Hildyard with Jack at an NDIS expo in Ceduna, South Australia. demand for outsourcing. I strongly The NDIS is a social reform and suggestions that the Federal urge the Commonwealth to remove we must always remember that Government should slow down the the cap and invest in building core people, and choices about their lives, rate of transition to assist the NDIA capacity, rather than expending must be at its centre. to catch up but this is simply not funds on consultants. ndis www.ndis.gov.au linkonline.com.au