Mel’s nervous about what the government tightening NDIS spending will mean for her kids living with autism

Melbourne mother Mel Spencer’s three children are thriving since accessing NDIS support to manage autism and other conditions.

But she’s nervous about what the government’s plans to save $14.4 billion over four years will mean for her children.

The government unveiled the cost revision in Tuesday’s budget — NDIS Minister Bill Shorten said it would be achieved through two main changes to be included in legislation before the parliament. The disability community will be involved in co-design.

“Ninety-five per cent of our savings over the next four years will come from these two measures,” he said. 

The first change would be to end automatic top-up payments for participants’ support plans. The second would change how budgets are set to account for the overall needs and costs of a participant’s support plan, rather than budgeting item by item.

The remainder would come for a range of other measures, including a further crackdown on fraud.

Plan inflation has already decreased from 11 per cent to 7.5 per cent excluding indexation.

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