Extract from a post on the ASU website
NEW REPORT: A new report examines the ability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide decent jobs for disability support workers and sounds a warning on the developing problem of NDIS pricing.
According to the report released by a University of New South Wales-led research team, the pricing system does not cover the full costs of disability support and will fail to provide high quality services.
Key findings of the report on NDIS pricing arrangements include:
- Disability support workers are not allocated enough work time required to provide personalised, co-ordinated, responsive and safe services to people with disability.
- The legal employment entitlements of disability support workers can’t be met.
- Casualisation is contributing to financial insecurity for workers.
- Pricing doesn’t include training or further skills development of the disability support workforce.
- Disability support workers are accessing important training in unpaid time.
- Unpredictable shifts leading to poor work-life balance.
- Physical injuries, exhaustion, stress and other negative psychological impacts arise from the combination of unsafe working conditions and high work intensity.
The report, “Reasonable, Necessary and Valued”, found that the current NDIS pricing arrangements, set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), fail to ‘recognise the time required to deliver quality services to NDIS participants … resulting in lower quality support and increased risks for participants’.
The authors identified that NDIS prices ‘incentivise cost cutting’ and ‘are not fully enabling disability support workers to deliver services which are personalised, co-ordinated, responsive or safe; and quality is likely to diminish in the process of NDIS expansion’.
To address the present inadequacies of NDIS prices, the report calls for an equitable restructuring of funding arrangements: ‘Fairer pricing arrangements would recognise that providers require access to resource levels which enable them to attract, train and retain high quality staff, and to employ staff in decent jobs that provide adequate hours and earnings, safe workplaces, job security, and a reasonable work-life balance’…(continues)
SOURCE: ASU, HSU, United Voice, “New Research: Current NDIS can’t provide decent jobs” ASU National website, Accessed online 14 July 2017
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