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NDIS – good and bad news

NDIS and how the rollout is going is often in the news. COAG’s Disability Reform Council recently presented its quarterly report to 31 March 2018 on NDIS. Around 5% of participants so far are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and around 7% are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. On average, participants are supported by 1.53 providers. Autism and intellectual disability are the most common disability groups. The report asserts that participant numbers are growing; children aged 0 to 6 years are being supported to access the ECEI; NDIS participants are satisfied; provider numbers are growing; and the scheme is financially viable. Click here to read the report.

The Queensland Audit Office assessed how effectively the Queensland Government is managing the transition to the NDIS and how well prepared it is to oversee services after the transition. Recommendations were made to the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors about strengthening whole-of-government program management; establishing formal mechanisms to share lessons and risk information; and establishing the framework, performance indicators and data needed to monitor participant outcomes and value for money. You can keep up-to-date about the NDIS in Queensland by subscribing to news updates.

Just some of the reports and discussion of issues from a range of perspectives are as follows. Follow this link to a March 2018 report, Mind the gap: NDIS and psychosocial disability. The Victoria story: insights and policy recommendations from expert stakeholders. Follow this link to Access to the NDIS for people with cognitive disability and complex needs who are in contact with the criminal justice system: Key challenges. Follow this link to Choice, control and the NDIS: Service users’ perspectives on having choice and control in the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. Click here to access the NDS Disability Sector report 2017, which reported providers’ concerns about low NDIS prices, the costs of change, uncertainty about their financial sustainability, and worries they won’t be able to provide services at NDIS prices.

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