The Tasmanian Government will raise the issue of disability support organisation New Horizons missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme funding grants with their federal counterparts, and attempt to find new funding options.
Mowbray-based New Horizons was unsuccessful in its attempt to gain funding under the NDIS's Information, Linkages and Capacity grant scheme, placing the future of the organisation - which helps more than 450 people with a disability into sport and recreation - at risk.
Programs could be reduced as a result.
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The Victorian and New South Wales governments lobbied for the Commonwealth to release some of the $1.6 billion of NDIS "underspend" from 2019-20, which helped to prop up the last federal budget, in order to keep organisations across the country open and improve disability services.
Health Minister Sarah Courtney said the government recognised the importance of New Horizons to Tasmanians living with a disability.
"As a government, we will engage with New Horizons as well as our federal counterparts to understand their decision, and also to look at what options and what pathways are available," she said.
"[New Horizons] plays a really important role in our community supporting people with a disability to access sport and recreational activities."
Funding for organisations like New Horizons was administered by the state government before the NDIS was implemented. New Horizons must now compete with organisations across the country for grant funding.
Of the more than 300 applications for an ILC grant, just 28 were successful and none were in Tasmania.
Disability advocacy groups in Tasmania also missed out on funding.
Following the Victoria and NSW requests for funding to be released, National Disability Services, which operates the NDIS, stated it could not comment until it had more details.
"Meetings are arranged next week with Minister Robert's office and Shadow Minister Shorten as well as state governments to better understand the issue and whether it is impacting NDIS service delivery, including any additional delay to provider payments," the NDS statement reads.