Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
First Peoples Disability Network opposes the introduction of independent assessments as outlined by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). These proposals are causing a great deal of distress in our communities. We believe the current reforms need to stop immediately, and that the NDIA needs to urgently work to repair trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
We make the following recommendations that the NDIA:
- immediately cease the implementation plan for independent functional assessments and outline a consultation process with people with disability and their representative organisation around the implications of the proposed changes.
- consult specifically with First People with disability and their representative organisations about the risk for our community in relation to independent assessments, the specific considerations needed and the parameters for tailored pilots with First Peoples with disability prior to any broader implementation.
- address the broader issues about access to the NDIS for First Peoples with disability through a genuine co-design process with First Peoples with disability.
We thank the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme for examining this issue, and would be happy to discuss the matter further with you.