People with disabilities are being ‘trafficked’ for their NDIS funding, insiders say

Nurse Linda Karafili remembers getting the call from her client. He was “absolutely desperate”.

The man, who had a history of severe mental health issues, had been coerced to move from a boarding house with support services to a house in outer Melbourne, away from everyone he knew.

“He was … frightened of staying, but he was also frightened of leaving because, in his words, he was like, ‘I’m too old to be homeless. If I leave here … I have nowhere else to go.’ So he was really trapped.”

He’d been promised great food and caring support workers but instead, residents were sometimes left alone and told to defrost frozen sandwiches for their meals.

Linda had to help rescue him.

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Housing, NDIS

ABC News

Date published:
Mon 25th Sep, 2023