Inquiry looks at NDIS delays
Australians with a disability have an opportunity to share their experiences as part of a new review of NDIS wait times.
Former finance department secretary David Tune has been tasked with reviewing the scheme's legislation and rules, seeking ways to streamline processes.
NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said the inquiry will help the Coalition meets it promise to introduce new standards by mid-2020.
“We are listening, and will be consulting with people with disability and their families, the disability services sector, ministers and officials from Commonwealth and state governments and the National Disability Insurance Agency as part of this review,” Mr Roberts said.
Consultations in the form of an online survey will be made available later this month, followed by discussion papers and face-to-face workshops across the country.
National Disability Services (NDS) Acting CEO David Moody said the sector wants to address red tape challenges.
“The impact can be that because they're not able to get access to assistive technology such as a wheelchair or other tech as quickly as they'd like, it impacts their ability to lead an ordinary life which is the expectation of everyone in the community,” Mr Moody said.
NDS wants ways to use more modern technology and planning processes. It has also called for a review of the prices set for services and participants’ ability to use their funding to pay for transport.