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The Albanese Government has launched an Independent Review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to improve the well-being of Australians with disability and ensure the scheme’s sustainability so that future generations receive the benefit of the NDIS. 

The NDIS Review aims to deliver Labor’s election promise to review the NDIS and “get it back on track”. The Review aims to strengthen the NDIS and to ensure the scheme works effectively to deliver services and supports to people with disability.

The NDIS Review will work with participants, their families, and carers, as well as providers and workers to put people with disability back at the centre of the NDIS.

The Independent Review Panel comprises Co-Chairs Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM and Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM and Panel Members Mr Kevin Cocks AM, Ms Judy Brewer AO, Dr Stephen King, Mr Dougie Herd and Ms Kirsten Deane OAM.

Part 1 of the NDIS Review, which will be led by Dr Bruce Bonyhady AM, will examine the design, operation, and sustainability of the scheme.

Part 2 of the NDIS Review, led by Ms Lisa Paul AO, will analyse ways to build a more responsive, supportive, and sustainable market and workforce.

Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP invited all NDIS stakeholders to engage with the review so it could deliver effective and practical outcomes.

“The NDIS Review will help us make the NDIS a world-class scheme to improve outcomes for people with a permanent and significant disability so they can live an ordinary life, Minister Shorten said.

“The Review will also reduce the needless waste happening in the NDIS to ensure it is a world-leading scheme changing the lives of people with disability.

“Unfortunately, a decade of Liberal governments has seen the NDIS become a source of stress and anxiety for many people with disability.

“Labor’s NDIS Review will restore the Australian community’s trust and confidence in this critically important scheme.  We will take into account what people already said even if it was not acted on previously.

“It will apply best-practice policy design that supports people with disability through genuine engagement and co-design with people with a lived experience.  We will bring people into the tent.

“The NDIS Review will examine the market and workforce opportunities to break-down barriers that prevent people with disability from achieving their life goals and participating in social and economic life.”  

A final report, including opportunities for reform, will be delivered by the Independent Review Panel to Disability Reform Ministers by the end of October 2023. However, if a consensus emerges around reforms, changes may be enacted well before the final Report.

“The panel chosen to lead the review are some of Australia’s leading experts on disability, and each of them comes to the table with the aim of ensuring the NDIS achieves its goal and is there for future generations,” Minister Shorten said.

Minister Shorten emphasised that the review will be guided by Australia’s commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights, Australia's Disability Strategy 2021-31, and the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

“I want to thank state and territory governments, people with disability and the disability sector for their ongoing contributions to bring the Scheme back to its original intent,” Minister Shorten said.

“We want the review to be inclusive and comprehensive,” Minister Shorten said.

“The review will consider the perspectives of First Nations participants, different cultures and socio-economic groups, age, gender, and sexuality.

“I encourage the whole community to contribute to this process so that we can collectively build a stronger system that supports and empowers people with disability.”

Minister Shorten said a decade of Liberal mismanagement of the Scheme had left Australians with the worst of both worlds: an NDIS that will cost $50 billion by 2025-26 but that too often under-delivered for people with disability. This Budget will see an upward revision of $8.8b to the NDIS over the forwards.

“We want to change that to the best of both worlds – a Scheme that is sustainable and efficient, but that better serves people with disability,” he said.

“This review can provide a refresh for the NDIA and a new hope for the hundreds of thousands of Australians who rely on it.”

Minister Shorten and the Review Panel Chairs will speak at a webinar on Thursday 20 October. For more information, please visit NDIS Review.

Media Release: NDIS 2.0: A New Hope

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