A summary from the Every Australian Counts campaign’s submission to the recent Senate inquiry into the legislation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):
These submissions continue to highlight how the severe underfunding of disability services has a punitive financial effect on people with disabilities and their families as well as the nation as a whole.
Without adequate support, equipment and services, people with disability are not able to carry out the most basic of human tasks, like getting up and showering, getting meals and transport, which of course restricts their ability to maintain any kind of working or community life.
Furthermore it almost always requires family (where available) to fill the gap of service provision and the time consuming task of dealing with the disability system, so often by foregoing their own career and the monetary and social benefits this brings. Families are forced to the brink of poverty and despair resulting in broken relationships, and a cycle of poverty and mental health issues. Where funding and services are provided, there is a constant theme of wasted resources and inflexibility that does not assist the person with disability towards independence and productivity.