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Federal Government Advised Of A Potential $22 Billion Expense Blowout

The ABC is reporting that the Federal Government is being advised about potential expense blowouts in the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In a report acquired by the ABC, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) earlier this year prompted some of the nation’s most senior mandarins to remain alert.

The report said that risks remain, in particular for the Commonwealth Government, which is in danger for cost overruns.

The agency supervising the NDIS said circumstances including the increasing predominance of autism, workforce and supply shortages, and states moving health costs could generate overruns has lead to the possible expense blowouts.

The NDIS is currently being trialled in areas including the ACT, Barwon region in Victoria, the Hunter area in New South Wales. There are also trials in Tasmania and South Australia for children.

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