Open letter: Improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme

This open letter was released to all participants, their families and carers. The letter provides an update on the Service Improvement Plan that was released in August and includes assurances about the implementation of the independent assessments that will be introduced as part of the access and review processes next year.

independent assessment pilot learnings and ongoing evaluation plan

Independent assessments are a big change for participants, coming into effect in 2021. the assessments will assess the impact of disability on a person’s functional capacity which is the basis for eligibility to the NDIS and will determine the supports in a person’s plan. This report outlines what has been learnt so far across 2 pilots.

Children with disability and the NDIS

This broad suite of NDIS related content has been designed to support parents and carers of children with disability to navigate the NDIS. It has been developed in collaboration with subject matter experts.

Participant First: Help shape the NDIS

The Participant First Initiative Is an opportunity for NDIS participants, their nominees, their carers or people with disability who are not NDIS participants to help shape and reform the NDIS. The NDIA want to hear from you about the best ways to improve their approach and to Help improve their policies, services, templates and more.

Two jailed for million dollar NDIS fraud

Two people from Western Sydney have been jailed for a combined 9 years and 6 months as the result of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Fraud Taskforce investigation into $1.5m of fraudulent claims against the NDIS plans of Australians living with a disability.

Understanding behaviour support arrangements

This webinar was held on 27 August 2020 as part of the ‘Embracing Change’ series and is now available on demand. It was designed to guide you through practical examples that will assist in understanding behaviour supports under the NDIS, including behaviour support requirements and practical tools.

Disability care watchdog has issued just one fine despite 8000 complaints

The scandal-plagued disability sector will get $22 billion from the federal government this financial year, but an independent review found the system left vulnerable people open to harm and neglect.  Mr Shorten said NDIS Minister Stuart Robert had presided over a “toothless and sleepy” watchdog that in reality is “more like a very expensive purse poodle”.

NDIS watchdog failing to protect disabled people

Australian Greens Disability Rights and Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has labelled reports that the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has fined just one provider, despite receiving more than 8000 complaints, as deeply concerning but not surprising.

Building choice, control and confidence

This submission is in response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) discussion paper on Support Coordination.

The quality of NDS plans, including the provision of Support Coordination funding, largely depends on people’s capacity to learn about and understand the system and to self-advocate. People experiencing multiple and intersecting forms of disadvantage and isolation face greater challenges at every stage of the NDIS journey, from finding out how it works to accessing the Scheme, developing a plan and connecting to services.

AAT rejects NDIS independent assessments

In a recent decision the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has commented on the NDIA’s use of an independent assessor, stating “this type of therapist is not appropriately qualified” and that the assessor’s understanding was mistaken.

AAT casts doubts on independent assessments

The government’s recently announced plans to roll out independent functional assessments went down about as well as a sneeze in a Melbourne supermarket does right now. In response, many community groups have launched campaigns urging the Agency to re-think this endeavour. But last week there was a new voice entering the debate that nobody saw coming: the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).