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Who made this website?

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We are Every Australian Counts.

Every Australian Counts is the group that fought for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

People call it the NDIS for short.

Every Australian Counts is a big group of

  • people with disability
  • families
  • and people who work in disability

 

The Minister is making changes to the NDIS

Minister Stuart Robert next to an NDIS sign

The Minister for the NDIS is Stuart Robert.

He is in charge of the NDIS.

The Minister plans to make changes to the NDIS next year.

Lots of people are worried about the changes.

People with disability and families have lots of questions about the changes.

We want the Minister to answer our questions.

We want everyone to send the questions to the Minister in an email.

We want him to tell everyone what the answers are.

 

Independent Assessments

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The NDIS is making plans to start something called independent assessments.

Independent assessments are like a test.

  • There are lots of questions
  • They try to measure what effect your disability has on your life
  • They try to measure what you can do

Medical workers like psychologists or speech therapists will do these assessments.

You might have already done an assessment like this before with a therapist or a doctor.

This time the test will not be done by someone you know.

It will be done by someone the NDIS chooses.

 

People are worried

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Lots of people with disability and their families are worried about assessments.

They do not understand

  • why they are being introduced
  • how it will affect them
  • how it will affect their NDIS plan and funds

The NDIS has not told people much about assessments.

We think that is not fair.

We think the Minister should talk to people with disability and their families before making big changes to the NDIS.

 

You can help

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Send the Minister an email.

His email address is at the end of this document.

There are 5 questions for him in the email.

We want the Minister to tell everyone what the answers are.

 

Questions for the Minister

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1. Why are you introducing independent assessments?

2. Did you talk to people with disability and their families about this first?

3. Will you stop these changes? And talk to people with disability and their families first?

4. Can you promise these changes won’t leave people without the support they need?

5. Are you introducing these changes just to try and save money?

 

Email the Minister

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You can use the form on this page to email the Minister.

Or you can send your own email to the Minister. His email address is

You can include us in the email too. Our email address is


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