Almost two-thirds of all family daycare operators who had their taxpayer subsidies cancelled for fraud and improper dealing in the past six months have come from the troubled vocational training sector and are now moving into the NDIS and aged-care sectors, areas of health care where Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has warned are already being mercilessly rorted.
The Australian reports, company searches of all 45 family daycare services shut down between April and September reveal 16 also registered separate companies with the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme — one of them twice — while another set up as a government-sanctioned provider of home care services in the aged-care system.
In 10 cases, the shuttered family daycare operators had previously run or are continuing to run registered training organisations, some of which were “cancelled without consent” by authorities as far back as 2015 at the height of the VET FEE-HELP rorts, after which the commonwealth wrote off more than $2 billion in missing money.
While Senator Bernardi welcomed the saving of almost $3 billion in taxpayer subsidies since 2014 after a Coalition crackdown on the family daycare sector, that crackdown has failed to weed out those operators moving into the aged and disability sectors.
Senator Bernardi told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, he's been warning for more than 18 months that the NDIS scheme is a mess.
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