QAI is seriously concerned about the proposed introduction of mandatory Independent Assessments into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under proposed changes, people with disability will be forced to undergo a generic, one-off assessment with a stranger. The outcome of this assessment will then determine whether the person meets access or how much funding they will receive in their plan.

QAI considers that Independent Assessments undermine the human rights of people with disability and will fundamentally change the nature of the NDIS, further distancing it from the scheme originally envisaged in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth).

QAI has written a submission in response to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s consultation papers – Access and Eligibility Policy with Independent Assessments & Planning Policy for Personalised Budgets and Plan Flexibility.

You can read the full submission at the links below:

PDF version of submission

Word version of submission


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