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The vision of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is compelling:
• choice and control for people with disability and their families;
• double the funding for disability support to respond to the high need for services and equipment;
• an insurance approach that invests in early intervention; and
• increased equity and life opportunities for people with disability across Australia.
The NDIS is the right reform for Australia; but the scale and complexity of implementation is placing enormous pressure on all stakeholders. Some of this pressure is an inevitable consequence of large-scale change, but some is avoidable. The road to the NDIS is rougher and riskier than it needs to be.
Critical to realising the vision of the NDIS is the growth of a dynamic, sustainable and values-driven disability sector. Without this, people with disability and their families will not have the choice and quality of support the NDIS promises. The risks facing the disability sector are risks to the scheme as a whole. They are substantial and require urgent mitigating action.
In this paper, NDS proposes practical measures to reduce the avoidable pressure and risk – and so improve the implementation and secure the future of the NDIS.
Disability service providers campaigned for the NDIS alongside people with disability, their families and carers. Their motive was to improve the life opportunities and well-being of people with disability. That same motive underpins this paper.