Much has been said and written about the projected cost of the NDIS. We wanted to draw on the valuable knowledge of scheme participants and their families.
The budget forecast steep NDIS costs, but also allocated funds to review and support the scheme in sustainable ways that could contribute positively to the economy.
Behind the planning process sits an opaque system of automated decision-making. It rests on a generated plan, called a ‘typical support package’.
The original vision for the NDIS was that it would give people with disabilities a say in how services are delivered. The appointment of an NDIA chair who is disabled is a positive move.
NDIS participants want to call the shots when it comes to everyday support. And they want to be treated like people, not commodities.
Some NDIS participants worry if they don’t spend their annual funds, they won’t be offered the same supports in their next plan – and it’s harder for some to use what they’ve been allocated.
The NDIS offers support for activities of daily living, but doesn’t count parenting in this category.
Reports of large scale NDIS fraud show it’s time to work with participants and involve them in oversight.
A decade on from the establishment of the NDIS, we spoke to participants. Their feelings about it ranged from frustration to joyous gratitude.
The short-term NDIS priorities for the new government are to rebuild trust and restore it to its original intention.
We interviewed people living with disability before and after they moved into purpose-built housing that fosters independence. The change for them was profound and cost-saving.
Reports of cuts to NDIS packages have been confirmed with an average drop of 4% across participants.
The proposed NDIS independent assessments have been controversial. And data from a pilot doesn’t really tell us whether they’d deliver positive outcomes for Australians with disability.
As a Koori bloke who lives with disability, I believe the proposed framework is disrespectful and discriminatory towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The government has announced several ‘practical changes’ to the NDIS. While these edge the scheme in the right direction, some impracticalities continue to underpin it.
If you’re poor, female, or live in rural Australia, you’re less likely to access the NDIS or get as much bang for your buck.
The government now has a dedicated NDIS minister. Here are the four key areas of the scheme that need attention.
Andrew Dodd talks to Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady about their role in setting up the National Disability Insurance Scheme.