With the review into NDIS costs happening now and the Federal Budget coming up in May, we need to remind our decision makers and the Productivity Commission that while dollars are important, people count too.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has asked the Commission to review the costs of the NDIS and report back by September – six months ahead of schedule.
The Terms of Reference, and the Issues Paper released by the Commission will focus heavily on issues around pricing, state funding and the long-term sustainability of the scheme.
However the Commission is also looking at systemic issues around planning and eligibility.
Submissions based on the Issues Paper are open until March 24 and will help the Commission draft a Position Paper for further consultation in May.
The NDIS is a once in a lifetime change to the way disability support will be delivered in Australia.
Yes, there are still issues that need ironing out – a reform of this size will take time to get absolutely right. But every day people are sharing their stories about how the NDIS is transforming lives.
We need as many people as possible to share their story about why the NDIS is important to people with disability, their family and carers and we’ll send it to the Commission as a submission.
We’re also preparing an Every Australian Counts submission, based on your stories, and what you told us on the Every Australian Counts Community Survey.
Submissions can be as short as you like – covering just one area that matters to you, or many.
The issues paper asks questions that may help but as a guide you may want to share:
- What the NDIS means to you and your family
- Any experiences you have had with choice and control and planning through the NDIS
- Suggestions you may have based on your experience for improving how the NDIS operates
- How the NDIS has already transformed your life
It’s important to know that your stories may be made public on the Review website, unless you ask for it to be withheld.
Find out more and share your story here.