The Australian NDIS will eventually provide services to an estimated 475,000 participants, at an estimated cost of $22 billion Australia per year (Productivity Commission, 2017). Claiming to respect the human rights of people with disability, and to provide expanded choice and improved quality in service delivery, individualised models of funding disability services have been implemented in several neoliberal welfare states. For example, this approach has been utilised for some years in the UK, Canada and some other industrialised countries; with the introduction of the NDIS, it is now being introduced in Australia (Lymberry, 2014; Reddihough et al., 2016; Thill, 2015).5 In theory, individualised funding is supposed to spark the development of an array of disability services providers, all competing to attract clients6 in an open, competitive market (Cunningham and James, 2009). Like any other market (again, in theory), this competitive pressure will purportedly ensure highest-quality, customized service delivery, while restraining costs.
SOURCE: Baines, D. Macdonald, F. Stanford, J. Moore, J. “Precarity and Job Instability on the Frontlines of NDIS Support Work.” Centre for Future Work, September 2019.
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