Clare Colley - The SMH
ACT disability providers are spending thousands of dollars to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but fear service prices have been set too low jeopardising quality.
Under the former block funding model, providers paid back unused government money, meaning they have never had the opportunity to accrue funds for new infrastructure, representatives from several organisations told a public hearing into the roll-out.
Koomarri CEO Miranda Garnett said her organisation had spent $500,000 in new computer systems and infrastructure, but the uncertainty over the NDIS design meant the investment was one of "blind faith".
The joint parliamentary committee chairman Mal Brough said the same situation had occurred during the Tasmanian NDIS trial, with providers struggling to make necessary investments.