In Labor’s view, the NDIA provides a prime example of why it plans to remove the Coalition’s cap on Australian Public Service staffing levels, if elected.
In terms of headcount, the NDIA is a mere shadow of the agency envisioned by the Productivity Commission when it designed the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and its extensive use of contractors and consultants to perform key roles has been a major source of public complaints.
The opposition argues the strict budget control policy has been counter-productive, especially in social services, leading to functions it counts as core APS responsibilities being outsourced because leaders have no other choice—even when it doesn’t make sense because it costs more, risks inferior results and makes it harder for agencies to maintain and improve capability in the long term.
SOURCE: Stephen Easton. “National Disability Insurance Agency would Swap labour hire for Permanent staff under Labor.” The Mandarin, 19 March 2019.
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