NDIS Consultant Cost Goverment

A review into the bungled NDIS nationwide launch has cost the government more than $350,000.

The agency overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme has spent almost $30 million on consultants in just two years.

Figures reveal the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) signed more than 100 new contracts with external advisors in the two years before its bungled full scheme launch in July 2016.

The NDIA paid the contractors $15.7 million in the 2015-16 financial year, and $12.3 million the previous year.

Data for the latest financial year is not yet available, but a string of external reports have been commissioned during the period.

Labor’s social services spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said decisions, and not more evaluations, were needed.

“The Turnbull Government is wasting money on endless reviews and consultancies rather than fixing the problems in the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” she told the ABC.

“It’s too important to have endless reviews and millions of dollars wasted.

“Get some decisions made, show some leadership, and fix the problems.”

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