Albanese Government pledges $83.9M to fortify NDIS, crack down on fraud

Albanese Government pledges $83.9M to fortify NDIS, crack down on fraud

by  | Feb 19, 2024 | Wire

The Albanese Government is investing $83.9 million into reinforcing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to tackle fraud and enhance service integrity.

The government is rolling out a $83.9 million funding to strengthen the National Disability Insurance Scheme, introducing new fraud-detecting IT systems.

“This investment is about catching criminals and enhancing fraud prevention,” says NDIS Minister Bill Shorten. “The Crack Down on Fraud program is designed to make it easier to get it right, and harder to get it wrong for everyone engaging with the scheme.”

The National Disability Insurance Agency will use the funding for a number of fraud-busting IT activities, including:

  • build a case management system to work with enforcement agencies in reducing fraud;
  • building new IT systems to connect with other agencies, providers and banks;
  • improving the systems that assess, process and pay 400,000 NDIS claims every day;
  • improving identity-proofing systems to increase safety and privacy; and
  • improving the NDIS mobile app and online interfaces.

The investment is designed to underpin digital infrastructure, promote integrity and sustainability, and include participant-informed policy design.