On the 14th November Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Stuart Robert announced changes ahead of the NDIS’ final rollout.
The scheme renews its focus on flexibility and providing people with disability choice and control over their supports. The plan highlights six focus areas to improve the NDIS experience and ensure participants receive the supports needed for a quality and meaningful life.
- Quicker access and quality decision making: to reduce delays
- Increased engagement and collaboration: actively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, CALD communities, minority groups, and those living in remote areas
- Market innovation and improved technology: engage the workforce to support service providers
- A financially sustainable Scheme: collaborate with mainstream health services to deliver holistic support
- Equitable and consistent decisions: increase flexibility for plan management and decisions
- Improve long term outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers: through initiatives like the Participant Employment Strategy
Minister Robert provides further detail on this new plan in his speech.
What’s changed now?
While more updates will be delivered shortly, these are the latest changes now in effect:
NDIS plans can now be accessed in multiple formats. This includes e-Text, large font, audio, and braille, along with various languages. See here for directions to change your communication preference.
Longer plan periods
The plan period before a plan review is now extended from 12 months to a maximum of three years. A longer plan duration is suitable for participants in stable conditions and whose needs are unlikely to change during this time.
This also makes it easier for participants to set and achieve long-term goals like employment. If you would like to request this change make sure to discuss this with us, your service provider, or planner.