The Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC announced that independent assessments would not proceed however indicated NDIS legislation, including the legislating of the Participant Service Guarantee, the Tune Review recommendations and measures to address fraud and unscrupulous provider practices, would be introduced in the Spring 2021 sitting of the Australian Parliament .
- Read the media release
- Read the Communique from the Disability Reform Ministers Meeting .
The NDIA released the report from the Independent Advisory Council (Council), Strengthening Scheme Reforms to Access and Planning, based on Council’s extensive consultation with the disability sector on proposed NDIS reforms.
The Council’s Strengthening Scheme Reforms to Access and Planning report can be found on the Council's website.
The NDIA released the evaluation report of the second independent assessment pilot focused on participant experience during the pilot process.
The evaluation report is based on the participation and feedback of almost 4000 NDIS participants who opted to take part in the second pilot, providing significant insight into what worked and areas for further refinement and improvement.
- Read the Pilot Evaluation Report.
The NDIA released an interim update to the Annual Financial Sustainability Report (AFSR) Summary. The AFSR provides an assessment of the financial sustainability of the NDIS.
The report was provided to state and territory disability ministers ahead of the July 2021 Disability Ministers Meeting.
Minister Reynolds released a series of papers outlining how NDIS participants could be supported with the proposal of more flexible NDIS plans in the future through personalised budgets.
The Minister also outlined the next phase of consultation with a series of workshops planned convened by the Independent Advisory Council. The workshops informed the Council’s advice to the NDIA Board and NDIS Ministers on how the NDIA can better implement NDIS reforms and respond to community concerns.
In response to ongoing community and sector concern about some of the proposed Scheme reforms, Minister Reynolds confirmed she would consult further with state and territory disability ministers and the disability sector on proposed reforms to the NDIS.
The NDIA released ‘you said we heard’ post consultation summary reports outlining submissions received and concerns raised.
Submissions to the consultation on proposed changes to the NDIS closed.
We received 769 submissions to the consultation papers and you can read the You said, we heard: post-consultation reports for more information.
The NDIA announced a three month public consultation period about proposed changes to NDIS:
- Access and Eligibility policy with independent assessments
- Planning policy for personalised budgets and plan flexibility
- Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential.
Former Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Stuart Robert MP released an information paper on improving the NDIS.
You can read the Improving the NDIS paper on the Department of Social Services website.
Former Minister Robert released the Government’s response to the Tune Review and outlined the next steps to improve the NDIS.
Former Minister Robert released the government’s plan to improve the NDIS.
In his speech to the National Press Club former Minister Robert announced his intention to fully implement the use of independent functional assessments – fully paid for by the NDIA – in the access and planning pathways.