FPDN launched a 10-point-plan for the implementation of the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, with bipartisan support, in 2013. In 2018, FPDN is launching an updated document to include all First Peoples with disability.
Not all people with disability are eligible for the NDIS, and while the original 10-point-plan still has merit, the new plan must be broader and more comprehensive. The national rollout of the NDIS is now well underway and these priorities are informed by the experiences of our people through a period of significant change in the disability sector.
A key aspect is the requirement that appropriate companion schemes and services are available and accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the long-term. These priorities are intended to form the foundation for a comprehensive national plan collaboratively created to ensure that the services and supports provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are disability accessible, culturally appropriate and will work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This can be achieved by adopting a whole of community approach.