Two-time Paralympic gold medallist and 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott has made his call on who should hold the federal portfolio for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
At a press conference with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to announce increased support for school students with disabilities, Mr Alcott told reporters he thought former Labor leader Bill Shorten would be the right man for the job.
“I think he’d do a great job, I really do,” he said.
Bill Shorten has been the shadow minister for the NDIS since 2019.
He has been highly critical of the agency’s efficiency and leadership after claims it was making cuts to NDIS packages.
The Coalition Government has refuted these claims.
In April, the then-shadow minister unveiled Labor’s vision for the $30bn scheme and on Tuesday said they would hire an additional 380 staff and crack down on rorting providers.
The Labor government plans to overhaul the appeals process, which has encountered massive delays, with the number of appeals increasing by 400 per cent in the six months to January 2022.
“I’ve had a bit to do with Bill over the years, obviously,” Mr Alcott said, referring to the shadow minister’s show of support for Australian Paralympians when he attended the 2022 Beijing Games earlier this year.
The Australian of the Year said he was excited about the new government’s plans for the NDIS and said he was “ready to help” pull it together.
The Albanese government is expected to swear in a new Labor cabinet in parliament next Wednesday.