Companies that provide moving, lawnmowing and carpet cleaning Perth and Australia services have signed up for the country’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme, a $22B government initiative aimed at provide money and support to workers with relatives suffering from disabilities, such as autism.
News of the initiative travelled across the country, with some contractors to the programme making statements to major media outlets, saying that, after signing up for the NDIS, they are expecting to receive work as the programme rolls out to thousands upon thousands of clients across the country.
Paul Bussey, a New South Wales lawnmowing contractor, said that he was expecting a large, potentially exponential increase in his business thanks to the programme. He says that, with the assistance from the NDIS, his business might run into a fortunate problem: having so much business that additional employees become necessary.
Some critics of the tax-funded programme said that the services it provides, which it lists as ‘reasonable and necessary support’, pays for services that are commonly available in the country.
But John Della Bosca, previous NSW Disability Service Minister and the mind behind the NDIS program said that the new initiative was operating as per the parameters that he set up for it when he first proposed it.
He does concede that some disabled Australians might receive services that they have no actual need of, but he emphasizes that they needed services such as lawnmowing, house and carpet cleaning Perth, showering, among others, in order to help normalize their lives, Della Bosca says.
Some contractors for the NDIS programme state that the programme was providing valuable aid to families with disabled member across the country, who lives are made harder due to their respective disabilities, as well as to the contractors themselves, who now experience having a steady influx of business. Some, however, say that the system is being abused by families for their own gain. A few of the critics have said that a part of their clientele have questionable qualifications.
There have been inquiries to the NDIS regarding potential anomalies in the programme, but they have yet to elaborate on their countermeasures.