An Invitation from the NDIA for participants
On the 25th of November the NDIA published a media release asking that people with a disability, participants, their families and carers and the wider disability sector provide their feedback on changes to help transform the NDIS and make it even easier, quicker, fairer and flexible.
Three consultation papers were released about changes to how people may access the NDIS, planning and plan flexibility. As well as a consultation paper on early intervention services which is supported by the release of a detailed consultation report around best practice Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) reform.
The release of these consultation papers is important as it marks the beginning of a three-month open public consultation on how the NDIS reforms will be implemented. People with disability, participants, their families and carers and the wider disability sector are very much encouraged to get involved.
“We know that, for many people, the NDIS experience has been life-changing, but others have told us the Scheme could be simpler, faster, fairer and more flexible,” said NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman. “This is your NDIS – so we are calling on participants, the community and the disability sector to help shape the NDIS to make sure we implement the changes to deliver a Scheme that works for you.”
The community’s feedback will assist in a result that may; deliver fair and consistent plans and individual budgets, is easier to use and has a faster turnaround time, provides participants with increased flexibility in using their budgets and is robust in the long-term for future Australians.
The Department of Social Services has also put out an information paper which gives an overview of the related proposed legislative changes to the NDIS Act.
Public consultation on the draft legislation is expected to commence in early 2021. More information on the process for having your say on the legislation will be available on the DSS engage website in early 2021.