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The Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert wants to introduce compulsory assessments for all new and existing NDIS participants from next year.

These tick-a-box assessments will determine who gets support from the NDIS – and how much support they get.

These assessments are the biggest change to the NDIS since the scheme began. And they are being rushed in without proper testing and evaluation. And in spite of the concerns of people with disability and their families.

So it’s time to let every single Federal MP know what our concerns are. And what we want them to do about it.

Just follow these simple steps

Use the form on this page to write to your local MP. Tell them why you are so concerned about these new assessments.

  1. Add your details in the yellow form on this page.
  2. It will find your MP for you.
  3. Example email to write to your MP text showing words in square brackets in red.Insert your message in the space provided – you can write your own or use the one we’ve already put together.
  4. If you use the email we’ve provided, don’t forget to add your details. Make sure you edit the text in all of the square brackets.
    It’s really important your MP hears your experiences and why it won’t work for you. 
  5. Hit send.

Thank you!

Don’t forget to let us know if you hear back from your MP. We’d love to hear what they say.

Want to do more?

Call or meet with your local MP

It’s also good to call your local MP and speak to them over the phone. You can get their phone number from the Parliament website.

You can also ask to meet your MP in person. If you’re a bit nervous don’t worry – we have a handy guide which has everything you need to make sure the meeting goes smoothly.

We know the issue of assessments is complicated and confusing. Don’t worry – your MP won’t expect you to be an expert. You just have to talk about why the assessments won’t work for you. But we have also created a cheat sheet about NDIS assessments that you can leave behind with your MP if they want to know more.

Email the Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert

And if you haven’t already done so, you can email the Minister for the NDIS and ask him some simple questions.

Resources

NDIS assessments explained

A cheat sheet about NDIS assessments.

You can leave this behind with your MP.

PDF – 6 pages, 700kb

Text only Word doc – 3 pages, 18kb

Guide to meeting with your MP

Five easy steps to meeting your MP.

PDF – 8 pages, 2MB

Text only Word doc – 4 pages, 21kb

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Latest news and opinion

News 26 February 2021

NDIA announce compulsory assessment contractors three days after closing submissions

More breaking news from the NDIS this morning…

This time about the new compulsory assessments.

The NDIA have just announced the organisations who have been contracted to carry out the assessments when they start later in the year.

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News 25 February 2021

Last minute backflip from NDIS on Support Coordination

Breaking news out of the NDIS this morning …

And it is not good. Not good at all.

Buried in an announcement about the end of some of the changes made to the NDIS as a result of the COVID19 is the news that participants will NO longer be able to buy or top up Support Coordination out of their core budget.

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Opinion 25 February 2021

“My NDIS ‘Independent Assessment’ was a nightmare”

“As an autistic person this petrifies me. The NDIS assessors don’t want to hear outside the boxes of ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I can only imagine how bad this will be for people who can’t articulate their needs well. We need to fight and make ourselves heard.”

Aaron Carpenter volunteered to take part in the pilot of the new “independent assessments” being introduced to the NDIS later this year. His experience was a “nightmare”. He wants everyone to know what went wrong – and why we can’t let this go ahead.

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