e-Blast: What you need to know about the NDIS Tune Review report

The report by David Tune on the Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act has been provided to Hon Stuart Roberts MP, Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme and released to the public on 20 January 2020. You can read the report here. The report makes 29 recommendations to the Commonwealth Government on changes to the NDIS Act and overall scheme.

QDN made a submission as part of the review consultation and are pleased to see several of the key issues raised in our submission addressed in the report’s recommendations. Click here to read the submission.  Some of the report’s key recommendations that were raised by QDN in our submission include:

  • Clarifying the definition of ‘reasonable and necessary’, including publishing information in accessible formats
  • Upgrading IT systems so that NDIS Participants can track the progress of their applications/request for reviews online
  • Reviewing operational guidelines when funding Supported Independent Living
  • Outlining who is eligible for support coordination and who can provide it to avoid potential conflicts of interest

Importantly, the report also provides a framework for legislating the federal government’s election commitment of an NDIS Participant Service Guarantee. The report recommends the Guarantee be built around five engagement principles: transparent, responsive, respectful, empowering and connected. The report also recommended new timeframes for decision-making as part of the Guarantee, to take effect from 1 July 2020. This includes changes for:

  • how long participants have to provide extra information to support an access decision from 28 days to 90 days;
  • a participant plan will be in place within 10 weeks of an access decision being made which will reduce to 8 weeks from 1 July 2021;
  • plan implementation meetings will be scheduled within 4 weeks of a plan being approved; and
  • a plan review meeting will be scheduled no later than 8 weeks before the plan review date.

QDN is also pleased to see several of the report’s recommendations focus on additional funding to support people with disability engage in and navigate the NDIS and know that it is important for people to have access to independent advocacy and support as potential and funded participants in their NDIS journey.

Frustratingly for people with disability, many of the report’s recommendations are not new and have been raised in previous reviews of the NDIS. These are issues that Queenslanders with disability have been raising with governments for a long time and now is the time for action. QDN looks forward to the Commonwealth Government’s response, which is expected in February. While the intent of the recommendations are generally positive for people with a disability, as with any significant policy changes, the success will be in the details and how they are implemented.

QDN looks forward to working with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the recommendations are adopted and implemented in a way that delivers improved outcomes for Queenslanders with disability. QDN will keep members updated when more information is available.

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