An employee-led mutual in South Australia will become the first employee-owned social welfare business to deliver services for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Under this new agreement – supported by the federal government – an employee-led not-for-profit mutual will become the Partner in the Community delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for the National Disability Insurance Agency in SA.
The SA government announced Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in the state in January, with this new ECEI public service mutual being the final NDIS partner arrangement in SA.
The NDIA consulted heavily with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) to implement this hybrid delivery model, which is made up of highly skilled allied health professionals.
BCCM CEO Melina Morrison said she welcomed the decision by the SA government to go ahead with the employee-led mutual, which she labelled a better alternative to traditional privatisation models.
“This truly innovative move marks the first time in Australia that a government has supported the establishment of an employee-owned social welfare business,’’ Morrison said.
“The South Australian government is to be congratulated for thinking outside the box and adopting the hybrid, mutual method of delivering these vital services, instead of going down the track of full privatisation.
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