In The Media | 11 July 2016

Understanding the NDIS: the challenges disability service providers face in a market-based system

On July 1 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from a trial phase to a full national roll-out. In this series on Understanding the NDIS, we explore how the scheme works, why Australia needs it, and the issues to be addressed before eligible Australians, such as Indigenous people with disability, can receive the benefits they are entitled to.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the most significant social reform since Medicare was introduced. It stands to reason then, that there would be significant challenges faced with its roll-out.

The NDIS’s aspiration of providing user choice and control will create new demands for the disability services sector. Individualised funding and person-centred care is administratively more expensive and requires significant capital to allow the industry to adjust.

This means organisations need to reshape their business models, retool and reorganise in the new market-style disability service system.

Source: The Conversation