News | 30 March 2021

A list of the online news about NDIS compulsory assessements

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Your concerns about changes to the NDIS are being heard. On March 11 the disability sector released a joint statement of concern. Since then the media about our community’s concerns hasn’t stopped. It has been hard to keep track of – so we are putting all the links together here to help make it easier.

March 11

Every Australian Counts
Disability sector statement on the Australian Government’s planned reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

ABC News
Disability organisations rally against proposal to introduce independent assessments
VIDEO: Disability advocates rally against proposed NDIS changes
Audio: Disability organisations rally against proposal to introduce independent assessments
Audio: Mornings with Alice Walker

The Guardian
‘Not the NDIS we fought for’: disability advocates fear new assessments driven by cost cutting

SBS News
Stuart Robert says there are no plans to halt NDIS reforms, as more groups voice concern

The Canberra Times
Disability groups warn against NDIS change

The National Tribune
NDS calls for rollout of compulsory NDIS assessments to cease

Disability Support Guide
Disability advocacy groups speak out against NDIS independent assessments

National Disability Insurance Agency
Media Statement

The Examiner
Government releases data on average National Disability Insurance Scheme payments

March 12

The Examiner
‘A bit scared’: mooted NDIS reforms a source of angst in Tasmania

The Conversation
‘Dehumanising’ and ‘a nightmare’: why disability groups want NDIS independent assessments scrapped

The Chaser
Government adds literal hoops to jump through in order to receive NDIS funding

ABC News
National Disability Insurance Agency criticised for paying $3.7m of taxpayer money to gambling company Sportsbet in rent

Insurance Business Australia
Disability groups warn against changes to disability support scheme

March 13

Vision Australia Radio
Leisure Link March 13

March 14

The Mandarin
‘Dehumanising’ and ‘a nightmare’: why disability groups want NDIS independent assessments scrapped

March 16

‘Dehumanising’ and ‘a nightmare’: why disability groups want NDIS independent assessments scrapped

March 17

The Guardian
NDIS assessments: ombudsman warns against rushing changes

March 18

ABC Radio Hobart
NDIS Minister Stuart Robert rejects any suggestion NDIS reforms are designed to save money in the scheme

ABC News
NDIS architect Bruce Bonyhady urges rethink of independent assessments

Eureka Street
The fight for the future of the NDIS

New NDIS Scheme – More Equitable or Just Cost-Cutting?

March 20

The Saturday Paper
The NDIS and government controls

March 22

Bendigo Advertiser
Bendigo family fears NDIS independent assessments will jeopardise daughter’s wellbeing

Are Independent Assessments a step backwards for NDIS?

Executive Career
Ex-NDIS head slams ‘robo-planning’

March 23

Uncommon Sense – 23 March 2021

Facts M.I.A. at the NDIA?

Every Australian Counts
An Open letter to Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert

March 24

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
‘Material changes’ needed to NDIS independent assessments

March 25

ABC News
As the NDIS moves to independent assessments, these companies stand to profit from the change
VIDEO: Agency running NDIS defends potential conflicts of interests among contractors

SBS News
Senators question awarding of NDIS contracts as controversial independent assessment reforms loom

March 25

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald/Brisbane Times
Leaked laws reveal plan to kick Australians off the $22 billion NDIS

National Disability Insurance Agency
You said, we heard: Post-consultation reports available

Every Australian Counts
Making noise on NDIS compulsory assessments – MPs, Senators and the media

The Canberra Times
Disability scheme contract under question

ABC The Drum

Every Australian Counts
Making noise on NDIS compulsory assessments – MPs, Senators and the media

March 26

National Ethnic Disability Australia
NEDA expresses concern and outrage over leaked NDIS draft legislation

The Age
NDIS faces ‘king hit’ in secret overhaul

Sydney Morning Herald
Leaked laws reveal plan to kick Australians off the $22 billion NDIS

ABC Radio Melbourne

People with Disability Australia
MEDIA RELEASE: Leaked Plans To Reform The NDIS Lead To Crisis Talks Across Disability Sector

Stuart Robert hits back after disability advocates sound alarm over NDIS speculation

FARE and NOFASD raise concern about reports on exclusion of FASD from NDIS eligibility

Joint media release: NO CHOICE AND NO VOICE Mooted NDIS changes slammed

Herald Sun
Cuts to vulnerable are mean

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
‘One step forward and two steps back’: Carers, advocates slam leaked proposals for NDIS overhaul

March 28

The Guardian
Stuart Robert on ‘crusade’, says woman who hired sex worker on NDIS

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Shifty approach to reform will threaten consensus on NDIS

March 29

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Marise Payne the ‘prime minister for women’ as Morrison adds women’s taskforce in reshuffle

Pro Bono News
Leaked NDIS plan sparks anger among disability groups
‘Just a draft’ still means it was – or is – in the mix

ABC The Signal
AUDIO: Is the NDIS changing for the better?

‘Guinea pigs’: Govt readies to launch NDIS app

Disability Support Guide
Draft NDIS proposal leaks with drastic changes

Reasonable & Necessary – Making sense of the NDIS podcast
What is the government planning to do to the NDIS? 

March 30

9 News
Morrison government’s new ministry sworn in during virtual ceremony

Lumary secures $17 million for tech designed to help service providers navigate the NDIS

‘A clearing house for duds’: Labor questions appointments to Government Services and NDIS portfolios

Griffith News
NDIS: implementation or impairment

March 31

Every Australian Counts
NDIS Autism consultations are “futile and frustrating” – this new consultation is a case in point

The Mandarin
The Briefing: Conflicts of interest claims and ‘independent assessments’ dog NDIS reform

April 1

Medical Republic
NDIA jumped the gun on independent assessments

April 2

The Guardian
Pressure grows on Morrison government to halt new NDIS assessment plan

April 3

The Saturday Paper
WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of  NDIS redraft

April 4

The Canberra Times
NDIS reforms face mounting opposition

April 5

Fears NDIS assessment reforms won’t meet needs of culturally diverse and Indigenous communities

The Canberra Times
NDIS new independent assessments concern participants and advocates for people with disability

April 6

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Secret documents show department inserted chapter into NDIS review

No ‘independent’ reviews, of any kind

The Canberra Times
Pressure on minister to stop NDIS changes

Renewed calls for Linda Reynolds to DUMP changes to NDIS

ABC News
VIDEO: Mounting opposition to plan for independent assessments

The Canberra Times
David Tune NDIS review ‘tampered’ to justify independent assessments: ALP

SBS News
Disability advocates urge Linda Reynolds to scrap NDIS independent assessments

April 7

ABC Radio National
AUDIO: Disability sector demands answers from Federal Government over “tampered” NDIS review

April 8

Innovation Aus
‘Unethical’: NDIS participants ‘lured’ into trials

The Wire
AUDIO: NDIS independent review not so independent after all

Government News
Proposed NDIS changes face pushback

April 9

The Canberra Times
Disability advocates lobby crossbench to sink NDIS reforms

April 10

The New Daily
NDIS funding fears on hold after government pauses controversial plans

The Guardian
‘Flawed, unethical and dangerous’: new NDIS assessments risk traumatising the vulnerable

The Saturday Paper
Robo-debt public servants now shaping the NDIS

April 11

SBS News
Why controversial and ‘widely rejected’ changes to the NDIS have Australia’s disability community worried

The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
‘No intention’: Reynolds dumps draft proposals to cut diagnosis-based NDIS funding

April 12

ABC Radio
Disability advocates call for less red tape

National Disability Insurance Agency
Participation in the Independent Assessment Pilot program

The Daily Telegraph
Aussie families devastated by NDIS cutbacks and decision delays

April 13

The Canberra Times
Crossbencher senator Stirling Griff won’t let NDIS overhaul sail through
‘A disgraceful statement’: ACT politicians clash over NDIS claims

The Guardian
NDIS cost-cutting taskforce told to reduce growth in participants and spending

The Australian
‘Secret’ plan to pare back NDIS

A Current Affair
Struggling Aussie families pushed to the brink by NDIS funding cuts

The Saturday Paper
Exclusive: Documents leaked from secretive NDIS taskforce

April 14

Linda Reynolds set to be pushed over ‘glass cliff’ for man-made NDIS shitstorm
AusPostScare and NDIScare — harbingers of an election campaign to come?

The Canberra Times
Plans for NDIS ‘razor gang’ revealed in leaked memo

ABC Radio
Advocacy groups calling for an immediate hold on NDIS overhaul

Tasmanian Examiner
NDIS changes undermine choice, Tasmanian advocates say, as independent assessments approach

Innovation Aus
Robert’s influence on govt service delivery to remain

April 15

The Canberra Times
NDIS reform halted: Will Reynolds act on what she hears?
Disability scheme assessment change paused
NDIS reforms put on hold

The Australian
NDIS revamp put on the back-burner

The Guardian
Linda Reynolds puts compulsory NDIS assessments on pause

Pro Bono News
Disability advocates welcome move to pause independent assessments

SBS News
Amid ‘enormous backlash’, the government hits pause on NDIS independent assessments

Daily Mail
Disability scheme assessment change paused

ABC Radio
Minister pauses plan for mandatory NDIS assessments

April 16

The Australian
NDIS reform on hold for months

Take action – have your say

1. Email the Minister for the NDIS

2. Share your concerns with all of our MPs and Senators

3. Email your MP

4. Visit your MP – in a COVID safe way

5. Have your organisation endorse the joint sector statement

6. Send in your Hands off the NDIS photo

Have we missed something? Email with the link to the story using the subject line “Media”. Thank you!

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