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NDIS Update

Independent Assessment Pilot launch

The NDIA has launched an Independent Assessment Pilot (IAP) to better understand the impact of disability for people seeking access to the NDIS.

The NDIA will be piloting the use of independent health professionals, who will use standardised tools that help determine the functional impact a person’s disability has on their capacity to engage in the community, work place and social activities.

The pilot forms part of the improvements being made to the NDIS Participant Pathway and will help build a fair, consistent and reliable scheme that delivers the best outcomes for individuals, both now and into the future.

It has been developed in response to feedback from participants.

Analysis by the NDIA shows access and planning decisions have been variable for participants with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and psychosocial disability. The pilot will focus on understanding the functional impact of these disabilities to make sure participants are able to access the right supports.

The pilot will commence in NSW and will run from November 2018 – February 2019.

This information will support the NDIA in improving the consistency, accuracy and reliability of Agency decision-making, and help deliver improved and more consistent access decisions and plans.

Participants in the pilot will have the chance to provide feedback about the experience and shape future improvements to the NDIS access and planning process.

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