NDIS roll out blows out by 30%
THE EARLY cost of the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has blown out by almost 30% for every package, the Abbott Government says.
Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield announced the blow-out in costs at a National Press Club address on Wednesday.
He said despite forecasts of delivering the scheme to more than 2200 people in launch sites around the country, the roll-out had only reached 921 people so far.
On top of the short fall in provided packages, Mr Fifield also said the uptake of the scheme was likely to further outstrip supply, with more than 3200 people already registered for interest in the launch sites.
"In addition, plan costs are exceeding modelled average costs by around 30 per cent," he said.
"What this means in dollar terms is that instead of coming out at the expected average package cost of $34,969, as based on the work of the Productivity Commission, they are currently costing $46,290 for the first quarter.
"To summarise, completing plans is taking longer than anticipated. Demand, so far, is greater than expected and package costs are higher."
He said while the numbers were only an early indication of the cost of the launch sites, he wanted to ensure the public knew "about the state of play".