NDIS minister downplays major increase in appeals since 2021 as ‘tiny fraction’ of participants

Linda Reynolds says over 90% of appeals are settled early but advocates claim organisations are ‘overwhelmed’ by unprecedented demand

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The national disability insurance scheme minister, Linda Reynolds, has played down the surge in people filing legal appeals against cuts to funding packages, saying that the amount is still a “minuscule” proportion of overall participants.

The latest statistics, released on Friday, show the number of people appealing NDIS decisions to the administrative appeals tribunal increased by 244% in the March quarter, compared with the same period in 2021.

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