This report was released on 19 October 2017 and outlines the Commission’s findings and recommendations on NDIS costs.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a better way of providing disability support and care. Once fully implemented, it is expected that around 475 000 people with disability will receive individualised supports, at an estimated cost of $22 billion each year, with improved prospects of employment and social participation.
‘If implemented well, the NDIS will substantially improve the wellbeing of people with disability, and Australians more generally,’ Social Policy Commissioner Richard Spencer said.
The Productivity Commission today released a final study report which shows that while NDIS costs are broadly on track with the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) long-term modelling, this is mainly because participants are not using all the supports in their plans.
The Australian and State and Territory Governments agreed at the establishment of the NDIS that the Commission would review NDIS costs in 2017.
‘The scale, pace and nature of the changes that the NDIS is driving are unprecedented. A key concern that has emerged from our extensive consultations is the speed of participant intake. This is impacting on planning processes, the quality of plans, supporting infrastructure and market development,’ Commissioner Angela MacRae said.
The report calls for governments and the NDIA to start planning for a slower intake of participants, and ensure current support is not withdrawn too early. It also states that there needs to be greater emphasis on pre-planning, in-depth planning conversations, reporting on the quality of plans, and more specialised training for planners.
‘Key challenges identified in the study report include development of support services that will be needed under the new scheme and growing the disability care workforce,’ Mr Spencer said.
The Commission recommends:
- a shift towards price monitoring and regulation, independent of the NDIA
- better coordination among governments to develop markets
- a targeted approach to skilled migration to increase the disability workforce
- better equipping participants to exercise choice.
‘There is enormous goodwill behind the NDIS. Now is the time to put the goodwill into action,’ Mr Spencer said.
SOURCE: “National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs”, Productivity Commission, 19 October 2017
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