An important Australian Greens amendment to the NDIS package has passed the Senate today, broadening the capacity of the National Disability Insurance Agency to advocate on behalf of people with a disability.
"Our amendment enacts a key recommendation from our additional comments to the Senate Inquiry into this Bill, in order to ensure the agency is as effective as possible in securing support and accessibility for Australians living with a disability," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"Our amendment ensures the agency is able to undertake advocacy in areas not funded by the NDIS but that are crucial to ensuring people have improved accessibility in important areas of life.
"This important clause means that the agency can help push for better services in mainstream areas such as education, employment, housing and public transport- all of which are fundamental aspects of living in our society.
"It is essential that there is improved accessibility in these areas for people with a disability, and I am confident our amendments will help deliver that.
"I am pleased the Greens have been able to deliver an amendment which will emphasise the important role the National Disability Insurance Agency will play in delivering support for people with disability," Senator Siewert concluded.