News | 14 July 2021

You did this! NDIS compulsory assessments have officially been dumped

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Last Friday, Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds met with each of the state and territory Disability Ministers, to ask them to support her plans for the biggest changes to the NDIS since it started – including compulsory ‘independent’ assessments.

And the big message to come out after the meeting was – NDIS independent assessments as we know them – are OVER.

How did this happen?

📌 In less than a week, more than 5,000 people with disability, families, and people who work in the sector contacted the state and territory Disability Ministers ahead of the meeting on July 9.

📌 Over the last three months more than 7,500 of you emailed Minister Reynolds to say “Hands off our NDIS”. Before that, former NDIS Minister Stuart Robert received more than 4,000 emails.

📌 And since the plans were first announced at the end of August last year, thousands of emails, phonecalls, media stories and submissions have made their way into the hands of the powers that be.

📌 Because of your actions the state and territory Disability Ministers were able to go into Friday’s meeting armed with your concerns, and those from the IAC– making it much easier for them to say NO THANK YOU.

📌 And because enough of those state and territory Ministers rejected the Federal Government’s plans Minister Reynolds was forced to announce “Independent Assessments are dead.”

But compulsory assessments were never the only big change people have been worried about.

There are plenty of unanswered questions

What’s the difference between a ‘person-centred’ assessment and an ‘independent’ assessment?

Do they still plan to change the definition of reasonable and necessary?

Do we have any reason to believe work on the algorithm/black box/personas has stopped?

Will they cancel the contracts with the assessment providers?

What are their plans for genuine and transparent co-design?

And what about the legislation – when will we find out what they’re planning to put in and take out? How long will we get to provide feedback on it? When do they want to introduce it to Parliament? What will they try to sneak in?

And how transparent will they be with the ‘cost-pressures’?

So while we still have many more questions than answers – two things are for sure.

This is an enormous victory.

And YOU made it happen.

People with disability, families, the organisations who support us – and everyone who has raised their voice to fight for our NDIS have made an enormous difference.

And while we are all going to remain very cautious about what comes next – we don’t want you to forget to take a big moment in recognition of what you have all done by working together and making yourselves heard.

You stopped independent assessments.

From the bottom of our hearts – we thank you.

Stay tuned – we will let you know about what comes next as soon as we know more.


Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting (DRMM) – Communiqué – 9 July 2021

Statements from the Ministers

Federal Government Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds
Disability reform Ministers’ meeting on 9 July

Australian Capital Territory Disability Minister Emma Davidson
Win for community as Independent Assessments scrapped

New South Wales Disability Minister Alister Henskens
Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting

Tasmania Disability Minister Sarah Courtney
Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting (screenshot via Twitter)

Victorian Disability Minister Luke Donnellan

Western Australia Disability Minister Don Punch
Disability Services Minister welcomes sensible decision to scrap independent NDIS assessments


The Guardian – Disability sector celebrates after Coalition forced to scrap NDIS independent assessments

The Conversation – NDIS independent assessments are off the table for now. That’s a good thing — the evidence wasn’t there

Sydney Morning Herald – Reynolds scraps independent assessments in NDIS after state revolt

ABC – NDIS Minister says independent assessments model is ‘dead’, in win for disability advocates

Canberra Times – NDIS plan dumped in major Morrison government backdown

SBS – The federal government has scrapped its controversial NDIS independent assessments plan

ABC Radio National (audio) – Linda Reynolds apologies for concern caused by NDIS independent assessments

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