NDIS ROLLOUT SLOW, COSTLY

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has fallen a year behind schedule, with a lack of trained staff and suppliers threatening to blow out costs. A Productivity Commission report has also raised concerns about cost-shifting by the states, and warned them not to withdraw from services prematurely.

The report recommends states tip more funds into the scheme, which The Australian estimates would cost them an extra $1.2 billion over the next six years.