The NDIS have released new information regarding the introduction of compulsory assessments. Within this, many items where discussed, so let’s break it down.
The introduction of this assessment has been delayed by six months. This process will now start mid next year for people newly accessing the scheme; existing participants at the end of the year. Due to this delay, the NDIS has released four papers asking for feedback and the Department of Social Services has released one.
- Assessments and access
- Assessments and planning
- Proposed changes to how the NDIS supports children and young people
- Project report on the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Reset project
Department of Social Services
- Improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme: Better Participant Experience and Improved Access and Planning
Keep in mind that these forms are not regarding the commencement of the assessment, but instead how to go about it.
If you want to make a comment about the assessment going ahead, rather than about how it will work. Focus on the last sentence on the back page; “We value your feedback on the following questions. You can respond to all of them or just a few. We welcome any feedback on the policy as it is outlined in this paper”. This is your chance to be heard.
So the Good and the Bad News
- Funding more flexible
- Only two types of funds – flexible and fixed
- Fixed funds – SDA, assistive technology, home modification etc.
- Flexible funds – any other funding required
- You determine how to use your flexible funding
- Current system is being completely overridden with the new assessment process
- The assessment will be the only factor taken into consideration when determining your funding
- Goals will no longer be considered when determining your funding
- Plan meetings will continue, but they won’t be about what you need rather how to use your funding