Consultation is open on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation reforms

Public feedback is now invited on draft legislation to deliver a better experience for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said that the release of draft legislation for consultation was a major milestone in the Morrison Government’s 2019 promise to set up the scheme for the future and embed an NDIS which works for everyone.

“In recent months, there have been wide consultations with stakeholders, listening to the experience and concerns raised by participants, their families and the disability sector. The goal is for the NDIS to be a service that can endure, for many generations to come.”

Mr Vasta encouraged NDIS participants and all stakeholders to have their say, during the four week consultation period.

“This draft legislation is the product of the extensive consultation that was undertaken during the 2019 Review of the NDIS Act, following this current consultation the legislation will be put through the parliamentary processes, which will allow for more scrutiny,” Mr Vasta said.

“Thousands of hours of consultation has led to the key measures included in this Bill which will provide improved outcomes for NDIS participants into the future.”

Eight years into the operation of the NDIS, improved participant experience is at the centre of the reforms. The proposed reforms also include making lived experience of disability one among a number of important considerations for NDIA Board membership consideration and reflecting the importance of co-design with people with disability.

Feedback on the draft legislation is open on the DSS Engage website, with submissions closing at midnight (EST) on 7 October 2021.

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Vasta represents Foreign Minister at UN Disability Rights and Inclusion event

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP represented Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly reception on Disability Rights and Inclusion.

Mr Vasta attended the reception to celebrate the launch of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) at the Global Disability Summit one-year progress report.

“I was very honoured to represent the Foreign Minister at this important event which was co-sponsored by the Australian Government and hosted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Disability Alliance (ISA),” Mr Vasta said.

“As well as launching the UNDIS, it was a great opportunity for UNICEF, IDA and partners of the UN community to renew their commitment towards disability rights and inclusive development.”

Mr Vasta said the UNDIS provided the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all the pillars of the work of the UN.

“Australia is a strong advocate for disability inclusive development and disability rights,” Mr Vasta said.

“Speaking at the event, I shared how in Australia, all levels of government are working together to improve the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers in line with the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.”

Mr Vasta said he also shared a story from a local constituent in Bonner who had benefited from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“When Tricia contacted me crying with gratitude because her 15-year-old with Aspergers and NF1 had been approved for the NDIS, it really hit home the impact our Government is having on people with disability and their families,” Mr Vasta said.

“It was an important message to share at the UN reception on Disability Rights and Inclusion because it puts a face and emotion to the cause we are championing.

“Australia has been a steadfast supporter of the UNDIS since its inception and it was an honour to represent Australia at this UNGA event.”

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