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Ugly turf war as service providers tussle over NDIS clients with disabilities

Some of Victoria’s most marginalised citizens are being caught up in an ugly turf war between rival groups of disability accommodation and support businesses that are competing for the right to access their lucrative funding packages under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Victorian Public Advocate Colleen Pearce has warned that NDIS participants are increasingly seen by some providers as a “business opportunity”, and were being moved out of supported residential services and into a new form of “pop-up” accommodation that fell outside the state regulatory system.

Dr Pearce said she had investigated cases in recent weeks in which people had left supported residential services and moved to private properties amid allegations of either coercion or inducements including drugs or cash.



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