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Discussion paper

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs: issues paper

22 Feb 2017

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new scheme designed to change the way that support and care is provided to people with profound or severe permanent disability. The scheme is currently being rolled out across Australia.

The NDIS is based on the premise that individuals’ support needs are different, and those participating in the scheme should be able to exercise choice and control over the services and support they receive. The scheme is distinguished from previous approaches in a number of ways:

• it adopts a person-centred model of care and support

• it applies insurance principles to costs

• funding is determined by an assessment of individual needs (rather than a fixed budget)

• it is a national scheme.

This study is a review of NDIS costs and is to help inform the final design of the full scheme. The study will examine factors affecting scheme costs in light of the benefits and impacts of the scheme on the lives of people with disability, and Australians more generally.

Initial submissions are due by Friday 24 March 2017. Opportunity for further comment will be sought upon release of the position paper in May 2017.

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