Australian Government response to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme inquiry: Transitional Arrangements for the NDIS
The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the Committee) inquiry: Transitional Arrangements for the NDIS examines a range of issues affecting participants and providers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the responsibility for disability supports transitions from state and territory governments to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The inquiry report was released on 15 February 2018.
In the report, the Committee made 26 recommendations covering a range of issues relating to transition of the NDIS to full scheme. These include the interface between the NDIS and mainstream service systems; access, planning, review and support coordination processes; strategies to address thin markets; funding issues; and cultural appropriateness for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Australian Government recognises the ongoing work of the Committee in reviewing the national implementation of the scheme. The NDIS is designed to assist people with disability to achieve their goals while exercising choice and control, though it is acknowledged that a number of implementation challenges have emerged throughout the transition period. The Australian Government welcomes the opportunity to address issues affecting participants and providers to ensure that the NDIS is rolled out effectively and sustainably.