13 December 2023
The final report from the Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) highlights the crucial need to rebuild trust and inclusivity for people with disabilities in Australia.
The 26 recommendations and 139 supporting actions focus on centering individuals with disabilities, restoring trust and ensuring NDIS sustainability.
Throughout the report, lack of oversight is seen as a potential risk, and there are calls for action to prevent harm before it occurs. The report quotes a provider expressing concern about the lack of governance or accountability over independent (non-registered) workers.
Action 7.4, for example, recommends that the new National Disability Supports Quality and Safeguards Commission require providers delivering psychosocial supports to be registered, including demonstrating compliance with a new support-specific Practice Standard.
Also relevant to PACFA members is the call for collaborative implementation by all Australian governments. Proposed reforms aim to establish a unified support ecosystem, governed by a new disability agreement. Key changes include re-evaluating NDIS eligibility, enhancing support for children and young adults and addressing allied health workforce challenges.
Holistic implementation is crucial for the NDIS's future sustainability, offering improved support for individuals with disabilities while enhancing efficiency.
While the specific focus and functions of the NDIS and PACFA differ, our shared commitment to inclusivity, well-being, human rights and collaborative approaches contributes to a more supportive and inclusive society for all individuals, including those with disabilities.
Download the Final Report by the NDIS Review: Working together to deliver the NDIS.
Download the supporting analysis on the recommendations in the final report.