Enhancing the ART Bill: Recommendations for a More Equitable Tribunal

The Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) is set to replace the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), offering an opportunity to improve administrative review processes. However, several crucial aspects need refinement to ensure fairness and accessibility, particularly for individuals navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In response, DANA has put forward key recommendations to modify the bill … Continued

NDIS Appeals: Tips for writing a Parents’ Statement of Lived Experience

A popular topic that came up in the Q&A at the Advocating for your child in the NDIS appeals process event held on 15 May 2023 as part of Victorian Law Week, , was how to prepare a “Parents’ Statement of Lived Experience” in a child’s NDIS funding dispute (review application) at the Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT).  Here’s 10 tips to get you started…

Shorten: ‘Early resolution’ curbs number of appealed NDIS cases

“These numbers are just the start in ensuring people with disability are able to get on with living their lives without having to go to court to argue over the level of support they receive,” Shorten said. “The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has implemented measures that have not only helped blitz the number of those legacy cases but also reduce the number of new cases heading to the AAT.”

Changes to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The Government has announced it will establish a new system of administrative review that is user-focused, efficient, accessible, independent and fair.   As part of these changes the Government will abolish the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and replace it with a new federal administrative review body.

All matters currently before the AAT will continue. If you are a participant with an NDIA case currently before the AAT there are no further steps you need to take. The process for review of your matter remains unchanged and will be completed within the expected timeframes.

How Australia’s NDIS system tortured a family it was made to help

The cost to restore not just Maddison’s funding to what was “reasonable and adequate” but restore funding for all those people with disabilities before the tribunal, is a pittance in comparison to what the NDIA has spent in legal fees fighting us.

NDIS AAT appeals conversation with NDIS Minister, NDIA and you

Thousands of people with disability have been forced to fight against cuts and changes to their NDIS plans with external appeals at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).  Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten and NDIA Chief Counsel Matthew Swainson are looking into new ways to deal with appeals – so that people with disability aren’t forced to go up against expensive and intimidating lawyers to fight for the support they need.   Find out what they said at the community forum.

Thousands of outstanding NDIS legal appeals to be reviewed by new taskforce, Bill Shorten says

A new independent body will review thousands of outstanding national disability insurance scheme legal appeals in an attempt to “cut the bullshit” for participants and applicants, the NDIS minister, Bill Shorten, has said. Speaking to a disability advocacy group seminar on Tuesday, Shorten said the situation was “repellent and repugnant” for people with disability, who had been forced into an “opaque” appeals process.

Cut-throat NDIS assessments could be fatal

The case of a young Victorian woman with a history of self harming associated with her intellectual disability highlights failings of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Shaniah Greenhill, 25, has been refused the funding she needs to continue living in her current supervised accommodation, despite experts warning her wellbeing and safety are at risk.