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Labor vows to protect NDIS funds into the future

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Labor says it will create a special fund to ensure any unspent National Disability Insurance Scheme money stays within the scheme.   
 
Opposition leader Bill Shorten said a Labor government would establish an NDIS Future Fund that acts as a “locked box” for funds allocated to the NDIS that were not used.

It comes amid criticism from disability advocates around underspending on the NDIS, after this year’s budget revealed NDIS payments were expected to decrease by $1.6 billion in 2019-20.

The government has said this is due to the slower than expected transition of people into the scheme, but Shorten argued this showed the NDIS was being used to boost other budget priorities.

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Source:
Luke Michael, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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