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NDIA eat humble pie, reverse decision forcing Tegan Sharp to pay back more than $100k of funding

Thursday, 25 October

Australian Greens disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said he was relieved the NDIA had reversed an earlier decision requiring Tegan Sharp and her family to use compensation money – provided after Ms Sharp suffered third-degree burns at the hands of a support worker– to pay back more than $100,000 of her NDIS funding.

“The fact that this case has taken not only judicial, but also political and media intervention, before the NDIA backed down is simply outrageous,” Steele-John said.

“This horrific situation could have been solved  by the CEO at the stroke of a pen, instead Tegan and her family have been put through hell for almost a year by the very agency created to serve them. 

“No disabled person should have to fight a system whose sole purpose is to support their rights and wellbeing!

"Tegan’s case is not an anomaly and its outcome rested entirely on the discretion of the CEO. I know of several cases of disabled people struggling against the same systems failures we've seen in her case who may not have the same capacity to leverage a positive outcome!

"The NDIA must now urgently review the process failings at the heart of this case to ensure that this does not happen again."

Media contact:

Tim Oliver (Senator Steele-John) – 0448 316 387

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