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Joint Standing Committee: Progress report

Posted 08 April 2019

The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme has tabled a new progress report. In the period since its last progress report, the committee received 71 submissions from individuals and organisations and conducted eight public hearings across the country.

The progress report considers measures taken to address issues identified during the four inquiries including:

  • the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to mental health conditions
  • the provision of services under the NDIS early childhood early intervention approach
  • the transitional arrangements for the NDIS
  • the provision of hearing services under the NDIS

On 26 February, along with other peak body organisations, VHA CEO Tom Symondson and Director of Policy and Strategy Emma Liepa presented evidence on the transitional arrangements for the NDIS. The VHA focused on the critical issues that are impeding the access and delivery of services to NDIS participants and is quoted throughout the committee’s progress report on a number of key issues including:

  • the interface between the NDIS and health system
  • the persisting or worsening of areas of thin markets
  • the absence of clear Provider of Last Resort arrangements

In the report, the committee expresses frustration and concern over the lack of progress to address these key issues and recommended that the:

  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council agree to put in place a formal mechanism that ensures a person-first principle is applied in the delivery of services in the event of funding disputes between the NDIA and mainstream services
  • NDIA start trialling alternatives to a fee-for service delivery model to address thin markets in rural and remote areas by the end of 2019
  • NDIA make public how it will ensure provision of services in case of market failure in rural and remote areas.

The full progress report can be accessed here.

The VHA also provided a written response to the JSC which can be accessed here.

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