Don't delay the NDIS rollout in Bendigo

Lisa Chesters MP is urging the government not to delay the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Ms Chesters said she hoped the federal government did not use a review of the National Disability Insurance Agency to postpone the rollout of the NDIS in Bendigo.

“Bendigo was next on the list of places for the NDIS rollout,” she said.

“Here in the electorate of Bendigo about 3400 local people with a disability will get extra support and have more choice over how they receive that support.

“The current system of disability care is totally broken.

“It would be absolutely disastrous for people with a disability if the rollout of the NDIS was delayed.”

Ms Chesters will be learning first-hand of the challenges current disability services workers face when she takes part in her second “Walk a Day in my shoes” next week.

Ms Chesters will visit Radius Enterprises next Friday.

“It’s important for me as federal member to get a hands-on experience of what this sector needs to support people with a disability better,” she said.

“In previous discussions with disability support organisations like Radius, Continuing Education and Amicus, they have said they are ready to partner and be providers of the NDIS.

“I also know how important an early rollout of the NDIS is for Bendigo and our people with a disability and their families, many of whom are in desperate need of respite, support and choice.

“I call on the government to ensure the NDIS is rolled-out as soon as possible.”