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Devinder Singh, is the moderator of this panel discussion, and Drew Beswick is one of the panelist who discusses, his extensive experience across states and housing, delving into the complex ecosystem of supports and the challenges of dealing with multiple government departments. They address a critical question regarding whether the term “NDIS” (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a panacea for all issues.

He highlights unintended consequences, noting a retreat from regular services in various sectors like health, justice, and mental health. The NDIS, intended as a supplement, has become the primary source of support for many, contrary to initial intentions.

They also discuss foundational supports available to everyone with a disability, whether or not they become NDIS participants. The structural changes mentioned are deemed crucial for fostering inclusivity and ending segregation, aligning with the aspirations of the Disability Royal Commission (DRC). He recognizes the political complexities involved, emphasizing the necessity for collaboration between the Commonwealth and the States. The varied bilateral arrangements, phasings, and timelines across different jurisdictions require a collective resolve to advance the inclusive agenda.

Join us our next conversation, National NDIS Review Conference at Parliament House on 22nd March 2024


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