Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses an audience at the Sheraton Hotel in Geelong, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Mr Abbott was in Geelong to open the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses an audience at the Sheraton Hotel in Geelong, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Mr Abbott was in Geelong to open the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters. AAP Image - Julian Smith

Questions raised over the future of the NDIS

A REVIEW of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has noted "serious risks" to expanding from trials to the national rollout, with specific challenges in remote areas.

The review, by analysts at KPMG, was completed late last week, and cited concerns for participants and suppliers to the scheme as it is expanded.

Among them, a key challenge ahead was the price of the insurance scheme and providing services across "geographies".

In another sign of possible delays to the 2018-19 national start date, the review found there were "increased risks" of being locked into "sub-optimal infrastructure".

The review found that digital channels and access to broadband internet were among the key challenges, due to an agenda "being driven by the implementation timetable rather than an informed evidence base to guide decision-making".

"Without a clear and comprehensive market architecture, there are likely to be significant risks to the capacity of the market to develop effectively and sustainably," the report reads.

The review's release comes after the head of the insurance scheme agency, Bruce Bonyhady, last week said the rollout would be determined by the best possible outcome, rather than the deadline.

However, he did say the expected 400,000 participants of the insurance scheme would be able to access it in some form by the deadline.



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