Intended to be a no-fault insurance scheme for Australians with severe and permanent disability, the NDIS has changed lives but also been the subject of controversy in its first decade.
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 men and women experience disability at similar rates, men are more likely to be diagnosed with disabilities more readily supported by the NDIS.
It starts with recognising your child needs support. Then, you have to prove they are eligible for it. Finally, you have to find the appropriate support. There's help available along the way.
UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and St Vincent de Paul Society NSW are bridging cultural gaps for Australian Chinese to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The government has announced several 'practical changes' to the NDIS. While these edge the scheme in the right direction, some impracticalities continue to underpin it.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme needs a lot more work for it to be truly inclusive, says Director Engagement of the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute, Rosemary Kayess.