Joint Media Release with Minister for Families and Social Services The Hon Paul Fletcher MP; Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Coalition Government has announced a $6.5 million funding boost for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Appeals providers and to continue the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) Decision Support Pilot.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher announced additional funding of $175,000 to several organisations to assist NDIS participants and applicants in the Northern Territory.
“NDIS Appeals has been set up to ensure that NDIS applicants and participants have access to support when seeking a review of decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT),” Mr Fletcher said.
“We are now providing more than $10 million to over 40 NDIS Appeals advocacy agencies across all states and territories,” Mr Fletcher said.
“While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the Coalition Government’s funding to much needed assistance and advocacy support in the NT.
“NDIS Appeals provides an avenue for assistance to NDIS applicants and participants to get help from an advocate to navigate the review process,” Senator Scullion said.
“These services can include explaining the review process, helping to prepare documents and providing advice and skills for better representation.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the extra funds would go to Disability Advocacy Service Inc, NPY Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation, and Brain Injury SA (NT Office Tennant Creek).
“Disability Advocacy Service is based in Alice Springs provides services in Alice Springs, Amoongoona and Tennant Creek areas and will receive additional funding of $40,000,” Mrs Price said.
“The NPY Women’s Council will receive the same amount of extra funds which provide services that span the central desert region of South Australia, Western Australia and the Territory.
“Brain Injury SA will receive additional funding of $55,000 as it provides services Territory wide.”
CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said Darwin Community Legal Services Inc would also receive extra funding of $40,000.
“Not only does Darwin Community Legal Services provide services to Darwin and Palmerston but also in Cox Peninsula, Jabiru, Katherine, Litchfield, and Tiwi Islands areas,” Mrs Ganley said.
“The Coalition Government is investing in disability advocacy now and in the long-term.”
Before accessing NDIS Appeals services, you need to apply to the NDIA for an internal review. If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you can apply to the AAT for an external review and access support through the NDIS Appeals services.
More information on NDIS Appeals can be found on the Department of Social Services website.