Explainer: Understanding the NDIS Review

Publication date:
19 December 2023
Resource type:
Explainer

The Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, commissioned by the Commonwealth Government, published its Working together to deliver the NDIS Final Report on 7 December 2023.

The Review makes 26 recommendations and 139 supporting actions, to provide ‘a blueprint to renew the promise of the NDIS’. The Commonwealth Government, together with State and Territory Governments, must now decide if and how they will implement those recommendations.

This Explainer considers the Review’s recommendations regarding:

  1. ‘foundational supports’;
  2. NDIS access, planning and budget setting;
  3. housing and living supports available under the NDIS;
  4. supports for specific groups of people with disability;
  5. transparency and accountability of NDIA decision-making; and
  6. collaboration across government.

These recommendations reflect the matters PIAC raised in our submissions to the NDIS Review, prepared in close consultation with disability rights organisations.

The Review also recommended other changes not addressed in this Explainer that will shape the future of the NDIS, including registration and regulation of providers, price setting and elimination of restrictive practices.

We welcome the Review’s ambition to put the experience and needs of people with disability at the centre of the NDIS. However, successful NDIS reform will depend on a genuine commitment to co-designing and partnering with people with disability to implement changes, as well as collaboration between all levels of government. It is also essential people do not lose their current NDIS supports without alternative supports being available to them.

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