Australian Government response to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme report: Inquiry into market readiness for provision of services under the NDIS.

The Australian Government welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s report to the Inquiry into Market Readiness for provision of services under the NDIS (the Report).

The Report examines a range of issues relating to the readiness of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, providers and the workforce in the NDIS market, and market stewardship responses by the Government. The Report received submissions from 102 individuals and organisations, and six public hearings were held between March and July 2018.

The Report contains 29 recommendations to the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Department of Social Services, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Skills Quality Authority and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The recommendations cover a number of issues relating to market readiness, including:

  • market roles and responsibilities of government
  • access, planning and review resources and processes
  • participant pathways, including tailored pathways for specific cohorts
  • workforce
  • market information
  • market stewardship, development and interventions
  • pricing
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

The Australian Government is committed to supporting people with disability, ensuring that they can attain the highest possible health, wellbeing and community engagement outcomes throughout their lives. While the NDIS is designed to assist people with disability to achieve their goals while exercising choice and control, it is acknowledged that a number of challenges relating to the market have emerged during the transition period.

The Australian Government supports 14 recommendations, partially supports one recommendation, and supports in-principle 12 of the 29 recommendations made in the Committee’s report. The Australian Government notes one recommendation and does not support the remaining recommendation.

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