If people with disability can’t access the NDIS, they’re often left without any services or supports. This needs to change.
Our analysis of part-time work and its impact on wellbeing shows getting more people with disability into employment could save millions in health-care costs.
Making it possible for NDIS participants to choose registered or unregistered providers affords the ‘dignity of risk’.
Many people with disability – who are at increased risk of illness and death from COVID – continue to isolate at home to avoid infection and are effectively shut out of society.
The original vision for the NDIS was that it would give people with disabilities a say in how services are delivered. The appointment of an NDIA chair who is disabled is a positive move.
Some NDIS participants worry if they don’t spend their annual funds, they won’t be offered the same support in their next plan – and it’s harder for some to use what they’ve been allocated.
Reports of large-scale NDIS fraud show it’s time to work with participants and involve them in oversight.
The short-term NDIS priorities for the new government are to rebuild trust and restore it to its original intention.
Reports of cuts to NDIS packages have been confirmed with an average drop of 4 per cent across participants.
While public health measures in schools and hospitals aim to reduce COVID transmission, people with disability who have support workers in their homes have largely been forgotten.