The NDIS released information about the Participant Service Charter in September. This guide aims to make your supports faster, flexible, easier to use, and fair for everyone. To do this, they want to hear your feedback on what they’re planning.
Four papers have been released that include potential changes on several topics. Participants, families, providers, and others are invited to read and share how they feel about the changes and how it will happen.
Each paper has some questions that you can answer. You can respond to as many of the papers as you like up until 23 February 2021.
Access and eligibility for independent assessments
In one last update we mentioned that the NDIS would trial independent assessments next year. The NDIS would like to know:
- How you think these assessments should be used to help the NDIS make decisions about eligibility and access
- If anyone would not have to do an independent assessment
- What information is needed from the person with disability to make the assessment
- How the NDIS would re-assess someone’s situation
Budgets and plan flexibility
Independent assessments will also be used by the NDIS to make decisions about budgets. To do this they would like to know what you think about:
- How assessments affect a participant’s NDIS budget
- How to increase flexibility in NDIS budgets
- What funding should be fixed or flexible
- How a plan implementation works
- Making changes to NDIS plans and check-ins
Early Childhood support
The NDIS is looking at a new approach to Early Childhood supports. They want to know what you think about these topics:
- What’s the best age group to receive these supports
- How independent assessments will affect budgets and availability for participants over 12 months old
- Thoughts about Short Term Early Intervention (STEI), which is available regardless of whether the child had NDIS funding or not
- How to plan and implement best practice supports
- How to support children and families to change to other support if they can’t access the NDIS
The project consultation report outlines the research, recommendations and background on the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) reset is also available for anyone interested in understanding the detailed project activities.
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Implementation Reset Project report includes information about how these supports will be delivered. You can read both papers here.
Share your thoughts
If you would like to give feedback on any of these papers, you can get do so online. Anyone is invited to make a written, video, or audio submission.