The grinning tradie. Or, if the NDIS collapses, this is why

The tradesman was grinning. He’d brought a subcontractor with him. It took them about 30 minutes to scope out the job and jot some figures in a notebook.

Of course he was grinning—my occupational therapist, who’d suggested the home modification he was quoting for, had told me that he was charging $500 for the quote, which I could claim on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). She said that this contractor was one of the few NDIS-registered builders in our region.

Strange, I thought. I’d never paid for a quote before, after employing dozens of tradesmen on the property over the years.

‘So you’ll email me the invoice for the quote?’ I said as he was leaving.

‘Let’s not worry about that for now,’ he said. And he didn’t worry about it—until he found out that the job had been awarded to someone else.

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