Have your say on the NDIS Independent Review

Many of you have already shared your experiences and ideas with other reviews.  The Independent Review Panel has prepared a paper that covers the background to the NDIS, and a summary of past reviews, so  you won’t have to repeat what you have already said.  You are encouraged to read the ‘Our Approach’ paper before preparing a submission to ensure that your conversation focusses on how the NDIS is working now. The final report to the Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting is due by October 2023.

Own Motion Inquiry into Aspects of Supported Accommodation in the NDIS

The Inquiry examined reportable incidents and complaints made to the NDIS Commission in connection with the supported accommodation services (specifically group homes). The Inquiry’s purpose was to enable the NDIS Commissioner to identify trends in issues occurring in supported accommodation, what is causing those issues, models of best practice to eliminate or address these issues, and how the NDIS Commission can use its powers to support the delivery of higher standards of support in these settings. 

NDIS report lays bare supported accommodation failures

A bleak new report has revealed the scale of issues in Australia’s supported accommodation system. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission’s inaugural ‘Own Motion Inquiry’ into Aspects of Supported Accommodation found that people with disability had experienced thousands of incidents in group homes run by seven of the nation’s largest providers.

NDIS legacy appeal cases slashed

Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, has today announced that almost 60 per cent of NDIS legacy appeal cases inherited from the former Liberal-National Government have now been cleared through overhauled dispute resolution processes.

First Nations voices to strengthen NDIS

The involvement of First Nations peoples in developing a strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is more important than ever, as new data shows greater numbers of First Nations peoples accessing the NDIS.

Robo-debt ‘insights’ to shape NDIS compliance

As senior staff at the National Disability Insurance Agency explain their role in establishing robo-debt, the agency is seeking to expand similar compliance programs targeting people with disability.

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 eligibility widened by Federal Court

This big – yet barely publicised – change to NDIS access came this year from a Federal Court decision known as NDIA v D. In late August, the Federal Court clarified the meaning of two words – “available” and “remedy” – as they relate to accessing the NDIS. So much more than a battle over the meanings of words, this decision widens the threshold of people eligible for the Scheme.

NDIS funding isn’t just a one-way street – it helps participants secure work and give back to the economy

Earlier this year, she applied for the NDIS again, with support from the spina bifida clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.  This time she was successful.  Soon, Ms Armstrong will receive a new, custom-made wheelchair thanks to her NDIS funding.  “The longer I can stay mobile, the more I can work, the more I can be a contributing person in society,” she said. 

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS was meant to transform the lives of all Australians with a disability, but things haven’t quite gone to plan. Many people have found the NDIS difficult to access or inadequate and there has been a huge cost blowout. Hear the story of the NDIS – what we’ve got right, what we’re got wrong and how we might fix it.

The NDIS promised Oscar more support and independence. Then his funding was cut

But this all changed earlier this year, when Kim learned that Oscar’s funding had been cut, drastically reducing his access to the support and care he’d relied upon.  “It just makes me feel sick,” Kim says. “It’s basically cutting Oscar adrift from everything that we’ve just established.

Why Australia needs to talk about the National Disability Insurance Scheme

“Our current system is inadequate and indefensible. It must be replaced,” then-prime minister Julia Gillard said as legislation to create the NDIS was introduced to Parliament in November 2012.  Almost a decade on, that nation-changing social security scheme has reached a critical juncture.