Optimism remains for NDIS, but must be Commonwealth funded

The NDIS appeared to hit a roadblock at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) yesterday when only Labor states agreed to part-fund a trial of the scheme as non-Labor states failed to reach a funding agreement with the Commonwealth.

Former AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce, an adviser to the Productivity Commission whose report has largely shaped the federal government’s NDIS plan, said he was unfazed by the “argy-bargy” between the states and Commonwealth.

“I don’t think that anybody has said they don’t think it should go ahead,” he said. “It’s just the usual, the states preserving their funding and asking the Commonwealth to pay the full cost. It was ever thus. I don’t think this is a death knell.” 

But he said all governments must stick to the PC’s recommendations, which included having the Commonwealth fund the trial sites