As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Libby Coker MP has committed to using her role to advocate for clients, their families and workers in the sector.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme, which commenced in Geelong under the Gillard Government, is so important and positively benefits a great many Australians. I am committed to making sure that I continue to advocate for the disability sector through my involvement in this important Committee.”

The Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms Coker, said that the Committee would work collaboratively with the government to improve the NDIS so that the service continues to work for the benefit of the Australian community.

“There are always ways that we can make things better and by listening to the community I have learned that there are a number of improvements that could be made immediately. For example, the government imposed cap on the number of people who can be employed at the National Disability Insurance Scheme is putting pressure on the system because it cannot meet demand. Local residents in my electorate are telling me they are facing huge waiting times, which is causing frustration and distress for those people and their families waiting to access services.”

Ms Coker said that the Committee was keen to hear from those affected on a range of issues and she committed to making sure clients, their families, workers and disability services were informed of opportunities to be involved in any reviews.

“Under the Gillard Government, Geelong and the surrounding areas ran the initial NDIS pilot and we know the immense benefits that the program provides to people living with disability, not least the ability to take control of their care needs. It is imperative that we continue to work to improve the service and I will be making sure that my community has a voice in upcoming inquiries.

Ms Coker said she wants to hear about first hand experiences of NDIS from her local community.

“We plan to set up an NDIS reference group in the electorate that will meet at least four to five times a year to provide advice and examples on how the NDIS system is running. Any clients, families, carers, experts or provider organisations who would like to be involved should contact the electorate office on 52 431444. We’ll also be planning an NDIS forum in the near future.”