One of the big challenges of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out for state and territory governments is helping the mostly nonprofit service providers transition from block funding to the new era, and the New South Wales audit office thinks the state Department of Family and Community Services is doing a pretty good job in that regard.
The change is reflected mainly in survey results. When FACS assessed the transition progress of NSW providers in late 2015, it found almost a third were highly likely to need extra assistance to be successful in the NDIS era and was only confident that 14% would be OK without further help.
The audit office reports its survey of 299 providers in August last year, less than a year later, found most providers felt they were “on track to transition to the NDIS successfully” and 62% felt the programs and resources funded by FACS, and delivered via the peak bodies that represent the providers, had improved their readiness for the NDIS, with 54% saying they had made changes that “had a lasting impact on their organisation” as a consequence. Almost 20% of respondents had participated in an NDIS trial site and 49% operate in an area where the NDIS commenced in 2015–16.
As well as looking at his own state, deputy auditor-general Ian Goodwin provides eight “broad principles that may be relevant to other departments and agencies that are seeking to develop the non-government sector to deliver human services” in the new report..(continues)
SOURCE: Stephen Easton, “8 ways public servants can help service providers prepare for the NDIS”, The Mandarin, 24 Feb 2017
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