National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
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Co-designing a peer support platform for people with low vision and blindness
This report evaluates the design and development of a prototype Peer Support Platform that aimed to address the information, linkages and capacity (ILC) building needs of people with low vision and blindness.
Yooralla's Hospital to Home (H2H) Program
Yooralla’s experience indicates that the ‘Pathways to Home’ Program is a successful model for supporting people to live in a home-like environment while awaiting permanent supports.
Flexible but fair: the case for extending Portable Leave Entitlements to the NDIS workforce
This report examines the NDIS, and why a novel Portable Entitlements Scheme is a necessary policy intervention.
Hey! Hear me out
This project aimed to understand what helps, and what makes it hard for First Nations NDIS participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, to use their NDIS plans in a way that meet their needs and aspirations.
Allied health workforce development for participant-led services: structures for student placements in the National Disability Insurance Scheme
This study explored shifting understandings and practices related to allied health student placements during the implementation of a participant-led funding model within the Australian disability sector: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Exercising meaningful choice and control in the NDIS
This research aims to capture the voices of NDIS participants, and some plan nominees, explaining why they choose to use unregistered providers and the steps that they take to ensure the quality and safety of services for themselves and their workers.
NDIA research and evaluation strategy 2022-2027
This strategy sets out a pathway to build and mobilise evidence to enhance the NDIS and shape innovative services and supports that optimise the lives of participants.
State of the disability sector 2022
National Disability Services' State of the disability sector' report for 2022 is based on responses from 364 disability service providers who took part in this national, annual sector survey. The report reveals a difficult operating environment for most providers. However, there are some glimmers of...
Framework for artificial intelligence-enabled assistive technology as supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme: final report
Katie Packer, Janine Walker, Pippa Niven, Joshua Byrnes, Sankalp Khanna, Dongxi Liu
The NDIA has released this framework to promote innovation and development of safe and effective artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled assistive technology (AT).
Getting the NDIS back on track: a survey of people with disability
Nearly half a million people in Australia with disability are participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The findings of this recent survey reveal a conundrum at the heart of the NDIS participant experience - while many individuals see the real benefits of the...
Providing an evidence base for Home and Living decisions
The Summer Foundation and Occupational Therapy Australia conducted a survey in July 2022 to explore the role of occupational therapists (OTs) in helping NDIS participants request SDA funding. The aim was to understand the functional assessment and report-writing process from the OT perspective, and provide...
Specialist Disability Accommodation supply in Australia: October 2022
This report is the fifth iteration of a national survey of SDA providers that aims to help inform stakeholders in the market.
What, if anything, has changed over the past 10 years for people with intellectual disabilities and their families in regional, rural, and remote geographic areas?
This editorial considers research undertaken over the past 10 years, to reflect on what a now fully operational NDIS has changed regarding contemporary service delivery and access issues for people with intellectual disabilities in regional, rural, and remote areas of Australia.
Engage-In research project
This project sought to develop a comprehensive understanding of how disability advocates could effectively support people with psychosocial disability who were living in or recently released from institutions, to gain access to relevant supports and resources, with a focus on accessing the NDIS.
A narrative review of self-directed disability budget management
The information included in this review aims to inform the development of an effective Self-Management Policy for the NDIA, as well as any considerations that may be relevant to the development of guidance, tools or processes once the policy has been developed.
Younger people in residential aged care: progress towards government targets
This fact sheet details information about younger Australians currently living in residential aged care facilities.
Budgetary impact of timely specialist disability accommodation payment approvals
This analysis shows that additional Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) approvals, delivering substantial quality of life improvements, may well not impose substantial additional budgetary costs, as savings significantly offset SDA costs.
Contracting care: the rise and risks of digital contractor work in the NDIS
The rise of contractor work, coordinated through digital platforms, has become one of the defining trends in the world of work over the past decade. This report examines some of the potential consequences of these emerging trends in employment arrangements in the disability care labour...
The Tier 2 tipping point: access to support for working-age Australians with disability without individual NDIS funding
This report presents findings from research conducted by the Melbourne Disability Institute, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and Baptcare, in 2021. The research aims to build understanding of how working-age Australians with disability, without individual funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme...
'There’s not just a gap, there’s a chasm': the boundaries between Australian disability services and prisons
This report explores the results of a study into the intersection between disability and corrective services in Australia from the viewpoint of stakeholders who work with criminal justice-involved people with disability.
Evaluating the discharge planning process
Improving the pathway from hospital to the community is the key to reducing the number of younger Australians stuck in hospital and/or discharged to residential aged care (RAC). This report presents preliminary findings from three studies initiated to explore and identify barriers, challenges and facilitators...
Housing delayed and denied: NDIA decision-making on Specialist Disability Accommodation funding
In order to understand and engage with the SDA decision-making and appeals process, the Housing Hub and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre commenced a collaborative project in mid-2021, providing legal help to participants seeking reviews of NDIA decisions about SDA funding at the Administrative Appeals...
Interventions to improve social, community and civic participation of adults on the autism spectrum or living with intellectual or psychosocial disability
This report is an umbrella evidence review to identify which interventions and supports improve social and community participation for adults on the autism spectrum or who have intellectual disability or psychosocial disability.
People with Disability Australia: 2022 federal election platform
The PWDA election platform asks the next federal government to deliver people with disability better protection from COVID, better jobs and financial security, better housing and better support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
‘Getting out into the world’: pathways to community participation and connectedness for NDIS participants with intellectual disability, on the autism spectrum and/or with psychosocial disability
This report presents research findings from the Community Participation Research Project in the context of understanding the barriers and enablers to community participation within the broader disability ecosystem.