Montrose recently hosted the Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Dr Bruce Bonyhady, AM, at a community briefing in preparation for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
At the October event, held at the Westlink Green Business and Technology Precinct, Dr Bonyhady discussed the imminent changes to the social services sector both nationally and in QLD, and what it means for people with a disability.
“Equity and fairness lies at the heart of the NDIS,” Dr Bonyhady explained. “We’re interested in improving outcomes for participants in terms of building their independence, ensuring they have access to education, they are supported in their relationships, and are a part of community and work where possible.
“For service providers this is a dramatic change in their business model, involving a complete turnaround from principally having governments as customers to having individuals as customers. This creates enormous complexity. As an agency we’re trying to work with service providers to assist them in adjusting to this change. I believe there is an opportunity for us to create a disability support system in Australia that’s the best in the world,” Dr Bonyhady said.
Montrose CEO, Linda Apelt, said, “The introduction of the NDIS in QLD next year is the biggest change the social service sector has seen and will affect over 97,000 Queenslanders with a disability.”
The briefing at the Darra Service Centre was an opportunity for Montrose clients and the local community to discuss the impacts of the NDIS, and have their questions answered by the Chairman.