Volunteering Australia has provided a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the Market Readiness of the NDIS.
Part of the Committee’s role in this inquiry is to look at the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), so that they may report on the market readiness for the provision of services under the NDIS.
Volunteering Australia has voiced our disappointment that no additional funding has been provided for Volunteering Support Services or Volunteering Involving Organisations in such a critical area of need. There needs to be greater investment and consideration of the important role that volunteers play in the disability support sector. In this submission, Volunteering Australia outlines the impact of the transition to a market-based system, the impact of pricing and participant readiness to engage more broadly. We emphasise that it is essential that the volunteering is fully recognised, resourced and valued within the marketplace.