GOVERNMENT MUST STOP NDIS FRAUD TAKING HOLD

Labor is calling on the Government to conduct an urgent audit of NDIS fraud risks, after more reports that providers struck-off as Family Day Care operators have been approved as NDIS providers.
 
The Government needs to explain how it was possible for these operators to be rejected from one taxpayer funded program only to shift to another.
 
Particularly as this issues as been brought to the Government’s attention before.
 
At Senate Estimates in October, neither the Department of Social Services, the NDIA nor the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission could give a guarantee that operators found to have defrauded other Commonwealth programs were not being approved as NDIS providers.
 
This is completely unacceptable. The Government has dropped-the-ball on the NDIS rollout.
 
People relying on NDIS services deserve to know that registered services are legitimate and will provide quality support. And taxpayers must be protected.
 
Every dollar in the NDIS should be used to improve services and supports for people with disability – not siphoned off by fraudsters or dodgy operators.