By Kelly Wilton
The National Cabinet of Australia is committing to rebooting the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide sustainable and effective support for people with disabilities.
The more than $720 million investment in the NDIA’s capability, capacity and systems, developed with the NDIA Board, in consultation with the NDIS Review Co-chairs, includes 10 key initiatives:
- Investing in better decision-making processes and planner capability for participants with specialised needs.
- Moving to less frequent plan reviews where it makes sense and committing to participants that not spending budgets won’t affect future plans.
- Improving lifetime planning approach to ensure plans are more transparent and flexible for life events. This includes the flexibility where participants do not need as much support at a stage of life but know that they can receive support as their circumstances change.
- Better supporting participants to manage their plan within budget, including assistance from NDIA during the year and holding plan managers, support coordinators and providers to account.
- Partnering with communities to pilot alternative commissioning to improve access to supports in remote and First Nations communities.
- Working with participants and providers to trial blended payments to increase incentives for providers to innovate service delivery and achieve outcomes for participants and governments.
- Establishing an expert advisory panel to list items to make it easier for participants to access proven evidence-based assistive technology and other supports.
- Implementing preferred provider arrangements to leverage buying power of the NDIS.
- Strengthening guidelines for planners on support volumes and intensity, and providing clear minimum standards of evidence for assistance with daily living.
- Cracking down on fraud and non-compliance by funding, in addition to the Fraud Fusion Taskforce, 200 staff for two years and developing a business case for a new system to detect, prevent and reduce non-compliant payments.
To read full press release head to https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/11011