News 13 March 2017

Make a submission to the NDIS Review

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With the review into NDIS costs happening now and the Federal Budget coming up in May, we need to remind our decision makers and the Productivity Commission that while dollars are important, people count too.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has asked the Commission to review the costs of the NDIS and report back by September – six months ahead of schedule.

The Terms of Reference, and the Issues Paper released by the Commission will focus heavily on issues around pricing, state funding and the long-term sustainability of the scheme.

However the Commission is also looking at systemic issues around planning and eligibility.

Submissions based on the Issues Paper are open until March 24 and will help the Commission draft a Position Paper for further consultation in May.

The NDIS is a once in a lifetime change to the way disability support will be delivered in Australia.

Yes, there are still issues that need ironing out – a reform of this size will take time to get absolutely right. But every day people are sharing their stories about how the NDIS is transforming lives.

We need as many people as possible to share their story about why the NDIS is important to people with disability, their family and carers and we’ll send it to the Commission as a submission.

We’re also preparing an Every Australian Counts submission, based on your stories, and what you told us on the Every Australian Counts Community Survey.

Submissions can be as short as you like – covering just one area that matters to you, or many.

The issues paper asks questions that may help but as a guide you may want to share:

  • What the NDIS means to you and your family
  • Any experiences you have had with choice and control and planning through the NDIS
  • Suggestions you may have based on your experience for improving how the NDIS operates
  • How the NDIS has already transformed your life

It’s important to know that your stories may be made public on the Review website, unless you ask for it to be withheld.

Find out more and share your story here.

Join the conversation

  • Kim Williams

    It was December 12 my son received his package. We had the i terview over the phone and I remember the officer asking what package we had previously. We had not ever had a package. Occasional assistance yes, but nothing ongoing. I was feeling so helpless and had no idea what to do to change things. Anyway, when it came I couldn’t believe here was evidence of support, significant support. In January we began to seek out providers. We emailed 14 local ones who we thought could be possibles. Never having used them, we had no idea who to go to. Only 5 replied at all. 2 said their service wasn’t what we needed. We had face to face meetings with the other three and chose a provider. The first thing we noticed was the plan in the core supports section had the same paragraph repeated 3 times. The second was the transport was nowhere near enough to cover, especially with the TSS gone. The third was, even though we had discussed equipment, nothing about equipment provisions. So the plan will need to be reviewed in a very short while. I am hoping that goes smoothly. It’s now March and next week my son should receive his first supports apart from the coordinator service and we have been pleased with the choice thus far. I understand some providers are bumping prices and have lengthy delays and adding further costs. I have heard some have a gap charge, like health insurance. If that is allowed to continue i dont believe we will be able to fund this as a nation which is very sad. Because, despite the slowness and teething problems, for the first time in many years i believe there is someone out there and some specific and very much needed support that we can choose to help us and we are not so alone.

  • Zoe

    The NDIS has kept my client out of the legal system and the hospital system and had saved tax payers thousands. He has the flexibility to live independently and have support 2pm till 8 helping with food prep and housework and to provide life skills all using the same mentors. We can be truly client centred. Now he is volunteering and giving back to his community.

  • Sarah Mitchell

    Dyslexia may be a ‘hidden’ disability, but it is a disability all the same, with often devastating impacts on the child and their family. Why is it that there is no financial aid offered to even the most severely affected children??? Some need specialist help just to stay at school. The lack of physicality of the disability should not determine whether a child gets help or not.