ASU delegates working in disability services across Australia recently came together for the inaugural ASU NDIS Summit. I know that members in disability services welcome greater choice and control for the people they support, and also the additional funding and jobs that will come to the sector as a result of the NDIS.
However, we are concerned about casualisation; maintaining Equal Pay and Award increases under NDIS pricing; change being implemented without any consultation with workers; and falling standards from competition between providers.
Delegates at the Summit resolved to develop a national campaign based on four key demands to make sure the NDIS is the best it can be:
- Secure jobs to be at the centre of service delivery
- No reduction in pay and conditions, including protection of Equal Pay increases, in NDIS pricing
- Making sure that workers are part of the change and have a say in how their organisation adapts to get ready for the NDIS
- Ensuring that professional standards are set and maintained across the sector to ensure the highest possible quality supports for people with disability