One small step for the NDIS … one giant leap for participants

After almost seven years, the NDIS Access Request Form is finally available on the NDIS website. Tah Dah! This might not seem like a big deal but it is. Up until now if you wanted to apply for the NDIS you had to ring up and ask for an Access Request Form (or ARF in NDIS land). Not so great if for any reason you can’t make the call yourself (you weren’t supposed to ask anyone to make the call for you).

The disability workforce and COVID-19: initial experiences of the outbreak

This report shares the initial experiences of the disability workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 2,300 disability workers were surveyed and their responses show how COVID-19 has massively increased the risks of working in disability services.  United Workers Union National Director, Demi Pnevmatikos said, “The key findings including lack of PPE, concerns around safety protocols and risks, and workload issues must spur action to assist this vital workforce during the coronavirus crisis.”

New Price Guide: COVID-19 Line Items

he NDIA have just released an update to the Price Guide to cover all the COVI-19 adjustments that will be in place until 30 September with a review in June. The adjustments include COVID-19 Low Cost AT to support Capacity Building support delivery, 2 new assistive technology rental line items to meet immediate (ie. 30 day) needs for people leaving hospital, Items for SIL providers in case of a COVID-19 diagnosis, COVID-19 loading, and changes to Support Coordination.

10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports: VALID’s guide to NDIS therapist reports for allied health professionals

This 20-page good practice guide and associated Easy Read videos, will help allied health professionals develop excellent reports that provide the evidence the NDIS needs to get the best outcomes. NDIS participants, families, Local Area Coordinators, and Support Coordinators will also find this guide valuable when they are commissioning therapy reports. It will assist in determining whether a report is of a high standard.

S and the Coronavirus – what’s changed and what still needs changing? An interview with NDIA CEO

Every Australian Counts has been flooded with questions from people with disability and their families trying to get the info and support they need to make it through this difficult period. So they put your questions straight to NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman. He was asked why the NDIA increased prices by 10 per cent – but not increased plans by the same amount? Why had the cancellation policy been changed? How much support is it reasonable to expect families to provide – particularly at the moment? And what on earth is happening with iPads?

Q&A webinar with Scott McNaughton from the National Disability Insurance Agency

The forum covered a lot of issues, including PPE and support for self-managing participants. Two notable coming changes are more flexibility to use NDIS funding for devices for people who don’t already have one, and need one to access therapy and supports, and a conversation on grocery delivery charges for people who cannot access the supermarket or essentials through other ways. 

How the NDIS has failed under a Liberal government

The NDIS is an insurance scheme in name only — the recipients do not purchase any insurance policy. Instead, it is an entirely publicly-funded program administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This was to be rolled out nationally by 2020, ensuring that each person with a disability would get access to the programs that they needed.

COVID-19 supports announced for NDIS providers

NDIS minister Stuart Robert said the new measures will ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. They include advance payments, a 10 per cent COVID-19 loading on some supports and increased flexibility for cancellation policies.

New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

Following discussions of the COAG Disability Reform Council, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced new measures to ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures include…

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner on what the annual NDIS market survey means for participants

When considering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the most important voice should always be the participants with lived experience of disability. These individuals might be the quietest Australians. For this voice of participants to be heard, we need to be mindful of having a new National Disability Strategy and National Disability Data Asset that are fit-for-purpose and mindful of human rights considerations.

NDIA, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission respond to 2020 provider survey

Last month, the Centre for Social Impact released the 2020 annual market survey of NDIS providers. Despite small improvements around confidence in costs and the National Disability Insurance Agency, the report found consistently high concerns over pricing, sustainability and cooperation, and made the following recommendations: