New inquiry into NDIS assessments


The Joint Standing Committee have just announced they will hold an inquiry into the use of independent assessments in the NDIS.

The committee will investigate:

➡️ The reasons for the introduction of independent assessments

➡️ The data and the modelling that sits behind their introduction

➡️ How assessments will be used to determine eligibility and access to the NDIS

➡️ How assessments will be used in planning – and how they will be used to determine individual plans and budgets

➡️ Where else in the world assessments have been used like this – and what effect they have had

➡️ The independence, qualifications, training, expertise of assessors

➡️ How appropriate the assessments are for people with different types of disability, and for people who come from different backgrounds – such as First Nations people with disability or people from a culturally or linguistically diverse background

➡️ Anything else that takes the committee’s fancy.

This is good news. It means the committee has heard your concerns – and wants to dive deeper and hear more.

Have your say on NDIS assessments

The inquiry begins now and will run until the end of March.

And as great as that is, that means we don’t have much time.

You can make a submission to the inquiry in a couple of different ways.

You can make a written submission directly to the Committee

It doesn’t have to be long – even dot points will do the trick. The most important thing is to explain why you are worried and why you think these assessments won’t work for you (or your family member).