While the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), currently under review, has resulted in some positive outcomes, unfortunately it has also meant training cuts and greater instances of insecure work and casualisation for disability educators.
Disability workers across the board need better recognition – and clients and their families deserve supported and skilled workers. Job security is positive, not only for workers but also for their clients, who benefit from more consistent and reliable support. That is why the AEU is continuing to push for a properly funded NDIS.
July 2022 saw pricing guide increases to address costing pressures associated with changes to the Social, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Award; ongoing COVID-19 management costs; NDIS quality and safeguard regulatory requirements; the Fair Work Commission’s increase to the minimum wage; and the superannuation guarantee increase.
Transitional pricing arrangements for group-based core supports have been extended until 1 July 2023. However, there will be no more group-based funding from 1 July 2024. Similarly, the Temporary Transformation Payments (TTP) will cease next July, leaving the sector still in need of serious additional supports and funding. This is not good enough.
The AEU will be making a submission to the NDIS review requesting additional funding and support in these areas so that a system that better supports workers and clients is put in place. Members can have their say at ndis.gov.au/community/have-your-say