Disability service providers from around Australia will join the Every Australian Counts National Day of Action on May 3 to call for a better National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

National Disability Services (NDS) Acting CEO, David Moody said service providers will join with thousands of Australians across the country urging bipartisan support for actions that will ensure the NDIS delivers the great social reform promised.

“The NDIS is transforming the lives of many participants, but too many people with disability still aren’t getting the support they need because of problems with the way the Scheme is being implemented,” Moody said. “The NDIS is clearly underspent, which suggests to us that people with disability aren’t getting what they need, when they need it.

“We need to fix the red tape and poor processes that are strangling the NDIS, and we need to ensure that it delivers the choice and control which was at the heart of the scheme when it began – and to deliver this to every corner of Australia.

Moody added that disability service providers remain committed to making the Scheme work and believe it is the right reform for Australia.

“Through Every Australian Counts, disability service providers were at the centre of the campaign to win their bipartisan support for the NDIS in 2013,” he said. “Over the last six months providers have joined in local community forums across the country to identify what’s not working with the NDIS and put forward sensible solutions to overcoming these issues.

“We’re uniting again with people with disability, their families and carers on May 3 to call on all parties to show bipartisan support for getting the scheme on track and making it work for everyone.”

Find out more about the National Day of Action at: www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/nationaldayofaction

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