From Dylan Alcott AO
This plan aims to put people with disabilities and their perspectives first in conversations about the future of the NDIS. It is meant to amplify the exceptional work already going on in the sector. With the NDIS turning ten next year, it seeks to be the start of a conversation about the future of the NDIS.
Several important themes have emerged in our conversations with NDIS participants. Trust in the NDIS needs to be restored by making vital changes to the Scheme. As part of this process, the NDIS must return to its original purpose, which includes providing community or “tier 2” supports. The experience of participants throughout the NDIS needs to be prioritised, meaningful choice and control must be provided for participants, and vulnerable participants need to get the support they deserve.
We’re very grateful to all the people who shared their story. Some people have had great experiences with the Scheme. Others have not. Many of the people who shared their story have been consulted time and time again about improvements to the NDIS without having their advice listened to, and are sick and tired of feeling unheard.
Along with other people with disabilities and their supporters across the country, Get Skilled Access and I are calling on the Australian Government to renew its contract with people with disability.