Attempts to arrest a dramatic upswing in appeals against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has led to the responsible agency spending up to $10 million a year on barristers and legal services.

The Australian ($) reports that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has so far lost almost 40% of 260 ­resolved cases relating to rejected claims or appeals for additional funds and, while the agency has not revealed its internal budget, they have reportedly spent more than $6 million hiring junior counsel for Administrative ­Appeals Tribunal hearings.