Delegates at our recent Disability Reform conferences have told us that they are worried about the impact the NDIS will have on small organisations.
Put simply, small organisations don’t have the cash reserves required to ensure their survival in a less certain funding environment.
The fear is that without them there will be less ‘choice’ in an environment where ‘choice and control’ is the aim of the game.
But its not all doom and gloom. There are a number of small organisations who are taking proactive steps to ensure their survival in the new world.
One is Burnett Respite Services Inc. in Queensland. Their General Manager, Peter Cullen, told delegates at our recent Implementing DisabilityCare reforms event about how they’ve entered into a coalition with other small providers to get the ‘economy of scale’ needed to prepare for the new funding arrangements.
Other organisations talked about the importance of having a diverse service offering and about thinking more like a business.
The survival of small service providers under the NDIS is a slow burning issue and we won’t see the true impact for a few years yet. But it’s heartening to know that small organisations are being proactive and taking steps to ensure they stick around…
It’s crucial for true ‘choice and control’.