United Voice members in the disability sector are concerned about what could happen to quality and conditions in their workplaces if the National Disability Insurance Scheme is privatised.
The NDIS is currently under investigation by the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit, which is chaired by the Head of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Sheperd.
The 'Commission of Cuts' has indicated they intend to investigate whether the NDIS can be privately operated.
Disability worker and United Voice delegate Roxanne said privatising the NDIS would have a huge impact on workers, people with disabilities and their families.
“I’ve been a member of United Voice for many years and negotiations with employers are hard enough already,” she said.
“If the NDIS becomes privatised there is the possibility disability workers could lose out on potential pay rises and better conditions in negotiations.”
Roxanne says the potential privatisation could have a flow on effect to people with disabilities whom the scheme is intended for.
“There could be a huge impact on everyone involved in the disability sector from the carers to the people with disabilities and their families.
“It is important that United Voice members stand strong and resist a push for privatisation.”
Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten, one of the architects of the scheme, is angry at the possibility of privatisation.
“This Abbott Government is a bit like Campbell Newman, they’ve never seen a good idea they didn’t want to sell to the private sector, they’ve never seen a public sector job they didn’t want to cut, and they’ve never seen a low income person they weren’t interested in increasing their cost of living to,” he said.
The NDIS is set to provide financial support for more than 8400 Western Australians which is set to be funded by an increase to the Medicare levy.
It was set up to assist thousands of people with disabilities, their families and carers throughout the country by the previous Labor government.