NDIS Reforms – pause, reset, co-design (summary report)
Over 200 people participated in the NDIS Reforms: pause, reset, co-design forum held on 19 May 2021.
The feedback from forum participants about the NDIS reforms will inform the Queensland Government and Minister for Seniors and Disability Services in this stewardship role.
The forum was hosted by seven partner organisations including Queenslanders with Disability Network, Queenslander Alliance for Mental Health, ADA Australia (ATSIDNQ), National Disability Service, Community Services Industry Alliance, Queensland Advocacy Inc and Parent to Parent Queensland.
Participants at the forum gave feedback that they felt the Commonwealth Government and NDIA had made decisions about reforms and designed a response without meaningful consultation with people with disability, families, service providers and the sector. In this context participants questioned whether what the NDIA refers to as Independent Assessors are independent at all.
The stories presented by NDIS participants at the forum about their experience of undergoing Independent Assessment demonstrate the flaws in the Independent Assessment process.
On 21 June, the Summary Report of the NDIS reforms forum has been sent to the Hon Craig Crawford MP Minister for Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and has also been widely circulated.
You can read the full Summary Report at the link below, which on page 11, you will find recommendations on the NDIS reforms.
NDIS Reforms – pause, reset, co-design (background)
Queenslanders with disability, families, carers, advocacy organisations and service providers have raised issues regarding a number of proposed changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Commonwealth Minister of the NDIS, Minister Reynolds has announced a pause to the rollout of the reforms and is undertaking further consultation with the disability sector and with State and Territory Governments.
The Queensland government have an important role as a partner with the NDIS.
An online forum was held on 19 May to give Queenslanders with disability, families, carers, advocacy organisations and service providers a chance to hear from a number of speakers and provide feedback about the issues and potential solutions. Speakers included NDIS participants, families and service providers representatives.
The forum included small breakout rooms so people could share their feedback and solutions to ensure that the reforms reflect what Queenslanders want for the NDIS going forward
The Power Point content from the Every Australian Counts and Melbourne Disability Institute presentation can be found here.
If you would like to join the Every Australian Counts campaign visit https://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/
Below are the website links for all the forum organisers.