NDIS agency to spend $50m on lawyers to fight people with disability who appealed funding cuts

Critics argue national disability insurance scheme participants are increasingly being pitted against solicitors from top firms

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The agency running the national disability insurance scheme is on track to rack up nearly $50m in fees to private law firms this financial year, as it defends itself against people with a disability and their advocates appealing cuts to support packages.

New figures published in response to Senate estimates questions on notice show the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) spent $41.4m in the 10 months to 30 April 2022, a 140% increase on the previous 12 months.

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