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What’s working, what isn’t and what needs to change?

The Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS has just announced two inquiries – one into NDIS planning and the other into Supported Independent Living (SIL).

That means the Committee needs to hear from you!

There are a couple of ways you can have your say.

  1. Use the form on this page – we’ll compile everyone’s submissions and send all of them in together. Just let us know which inquiry your submission should go to – Planning or SIL – and we’ll take care of the rest.
  2. You can make your own submission and upload it on the Committee’s website. Planning submissions go here, and SIL submissions go here.

Long or short it does not matter – the most important thing is that they hear directly from you about what’s working, what’s not, and what needs to change.

But get in quick – we are closing submissions on September 3 so we can send it to the Committee asap.


What is the Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS?

The Committee of five lower house Members of Parliament and five Senators oversees the rollout of the NDIS and reports on progress to Parliament at the end of every financial year.

They hold regular inquiries – some look at specific issues while others look at overall implementation.


What is the Committee inquiry into planning looking at?

The Joint Standing Committee is reviewing everything to do with NDIS planning:

  • the experience, expertise and qualifications of planners
  • the ability of planners to understand and address complex needs
  • the ongoing training and professional development of planners
  • the overall number of planners relative to the demand for plans
  • participant involvement in planning processes and the efficacy of introducing draft plans
  • the incidence, severity and impact of plan gaps
  • the reassessment process, including the incidence and impact of funding changes
  • the review process and means to streamline it
  • the incidence of appeals to the AAT and possible measures to reduce the number
  • the circumstances in which plans could be automatically rolled-over
  • the circumstances in which longer plans could be introduced
  • the adequacy of the planning process for rural and regional participants; and
  • any other related matters.

What is the Committee inquiry into SIL looking at?

As part of the Committee’s role to inquire into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the committee will inquire into and report on Supported Independent Living (SIL), with particular reference to:

  • the approval process for access to SIL;
  • the vacancy management process, including its management and costs;
  • the funding of SIL; and
  • any related issues.

How can I find out more?

Make your submission here

Submissions are now closed

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