Amaze today welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing recommendations of the Tune Review, which should deliver much needed improvements for participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Tune Review found the NDIS is generally working well for adults with a physical disability, but not so well for others.
Many autistic people are dissatisfied with their NDIS experience: low level of autism understanding among NDIS planners, lack of information and support for participants to navigate the planning process; inadequate funding; and difficulty in accessing services are challenges constantly reported on by autistic participants.
Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie says “The NDIS has been game-changing but is not perfect. There have been significant challenges and deficiencies, some that have been actioned today, some that still need to be addressed. Building autism proficiency of planners needs to be a top order priority. Amaze is calling for a specific autism and neurodevelopmental stream within the NDIS and dedicated training in autism for all NDIA and partner staff. This would go a long way to improving outcomes for autistic participants.”
Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert today announced the most substantial package of reforms to the NDIS since its establishment. The package includes implementation of the Australian Government’s Response to the 2019 Independent Review of the NDIS Act (Tune Review) and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee.
The NDIS has introduced a Participant Service Charter to explain what participants can expect when they contact the NDIA.