NDIS Plan flexibility and budget planning

The NDIA will be holding consultation forums in June and July on participant plans and budgets – they advise they want participants to have individualised budgets. To do this, they want to change how they build budgets, and will be working on three main issues:

  1. Participant experience and people feel about the process
  2. Fairness and consistency with NDIA decision making
  3. Flexibility so participants have more control over supports and services in their plan and budget

These changes would need to be reflected in the NDIS Act 2013. The agency is also proposing to use information from participant’s independent assessments to build consistent budgets and plans, with the rationale that some people who have the same needs currently get different budgets. You can find further information about this, including Easy Read Guides, on the NDIS website here

QDN will make sure we are involved in the consultation process and will seek feedback from members so we can present people’s views and concerns.

NDIS Website – Plan Flexibility and Budget Planning

QDN e-Bulletin Update May 2021

An update from Des

Des Ryan, Chairperson of the Board

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I want to give my thanks to everyone who joined us for the NDIS Reforms Online Forum on Wednesday 19 May. We had almost 250 registrations and also want to thank the organisations who co-hosted the event with us as a collaboration of sector peak bodies, advocacy and disability organisations.

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Media Release: Queensland’s message on NDIS Reforms are clear – one size doesn’t fit all so pause, reset and co-design

Yesterday, Queenslanders with disability, their families, supporters and service providers came together to speak out about a number of proposed reforms to the

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Fitting providers together in your NDIS support puzzle

On-line forum Monday 14 June 2021

The Hopkins Centre in collaboration with Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) would like to invite you to be a part of an online forum about fitting providers together in your National Disability

Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded support package.

Come together to hear different views from people with disability, their families and advocates. Share your experiences managing your supports from many providers, to help shape solutions and ensure

quality and safety in provision of your supports.

Lets work together for a better working NDIS.

Date: Monday 14 June 2021

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm (QLD time)

Click here to register

Click here for the flyer 


Open letter to Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services

QDN Board of Directors Chair Des Ryan, and Chief Executive Officer Paige Armstrong have written an open letter to Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services to welcome her to her new role. The letter provides feedback from QDN members with regards to the proposed reforms to the NDIS and calls on the Government to suspend the implementation of these changes, review and undertake meaningful consultation, engagement and co-design with people with people with disability, families, and providers.  Click on the link below to go to the letter .

Click here: Open letter to Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds  

Have your say – Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

As part of the committee’s role to inquire into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into independent assessments under the NDIS.

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We’ve been talking a lot about Independent assessments, and we aren’t stopping just yet.

Since our last update, The Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS has decided to conduct an inquiry into independent assessments under the NDIS.

The committee is now inviting submissions from people with disability, families, and carers; allied health professionals; and representative organisations.

Submissions that provide information about individual cases or complaints can help the committee to find broader issues for investigation.

The Committee will pay attention to:

– the development, modelling, reasons, and justifications for the introduction of independent assessments into the NDIS

– the independence, qualifications, training, expertise, availability, and quality assurance of assessors

– the appropriateness of the assessment tools

– the use of independent assessments for access to, and eligibility decisions, as well as to determine what might be reasonable and necessary support

– exemptions, reviews, and challenges to their use including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those living in regional, remote and very remote areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with particular disabilities

– opportunities to review or challenge the outcomes of independent assessments

– any other related matters.

Click here to find more information about submissions can be found online.

You must provide your submission by 31 March 2021.

QDN will also be providing a submission if you want to contribute to this. Please contact QDN by email at qdn@qdn.org.au or by phone on 1300 363 783.

If you need more time, you should contact the Joint Standing  Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. You will find the contact details below:

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: +61 2 6277 3083
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
email: ndis.sen@aph.gov.au

Click here for more information about the inquiry into Independent Assessment.

e-Blast: Update on “Independent Assessments” 

This week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released new information on the federal government’s plan to introduce “Independent Assessments” as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) access and planning process. A public consultation process is now open 

Major news out of the new information is the delaying of the introduction of “Independent Assessments”. The Independent Assessment process will now start in mid-2021 for people applying for access to the scheme and late-2021 for existing NDIS participants. 

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