Concern over bill’s timing

By Seymour Telegraph

The Victorian Government has rushed through important National Disability Insurance Scheme compliance legislation, according to Shadow Disability Minister Tim Bull.

The bill contains requirements to transition to the NDIS, including quality and safeguard measures, but Mr Bull said it seemed the state government forgot about the July 1 deadline to align with the federal scheme.

‘‘Other states, which were required to pass similar legislation, are well ahead of Victoria. There is no reason for the minister to have left this important reform to the last minute,’’ he said.

‘‘Normally, there would be two weeks to consult on legislation before it is debated, allowing for disability groups and other key stakeholders to have their say on what works and doesn’t work in the legislation.

‘‘The Opposition has been left with no option but to offer a ‘not oppose’ stance and review the legislation between houses, but it’s not good enough for such an important bill.

‘‘Surely there is nothing more important than these safeguards, which will protect those with special needs when they transition to the NDIS.’’