Destiny Rescue
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Policy

NDIS Amendments Go to Parliament


Wednesday, 13th March 2013 at 11:23 am
Staff Reporter
The Federal Government has introduced amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill, following feedback gained from consultations with people with disability, their families and carers, and with states and territories.

Wednesday, 13th March 2013
at 11:23 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
NDIS Amendments Go to Parliament
Wednesday, 13th March 2013 at 11:23 am

The Federal Government has introduced amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill, following feedback gained from consultations with people with disability, their families and carers, and with states and territories.

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin said that the Government’s amendments also respond directly to submissions made to the inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, which will table its report this week.

Key amendments are clarification that all people who are NDIS participants will be able to choose to remain in the scheme after they turn 65 and changes to the compensation provisions so that the NDIS Launch Transition Agency (the Agency) can conduct legal proceedings on behalf of a person with disability.

The Government says it will also establish an NDIS division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and an independent expert panel to advise the Agency’s merits review process.

“This will ensure that people with disability are supported to have their plans reviewed and that reviews will be conducted by people with expertise and understanding of needs of people with disability, their families and carers,” Macklin said in a statement.

The Government says it has accepted the advice of the Productivity Commission to introduce an age-65 threshold for entry to the NDIS in order to establish a working interface with the aged care system.

“The NDIS will complement the aged care system to ensure we are delivering a cohesive system that gives people with disability, older people, their families and carers the support they need,” the statement said.

“The Government’s amendments make clear that people with degenerative conditions who are under the age of 65 can enter the NDIS, and that people who are NDIS participants will be able to choose to remain in the scheme after they turn 65.”

The amendments also clarify that all NDIS participants will be able to choose whether to continue to receive support under the NDIS after they turn 65.

Other amendments include:

  • Elevating the importance of certain obligations that Australia has as a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and explicitly recognising the broader context for disability reform. This ensures that the rights of people with disability, their families and carers are at the heart of the NDIS.
  • Clarification that people who need early intervention therapies and supports, including for degenerative conditions, and who are not better supported by another systems such as the health care system, can access the NDIS.
  • Ensuring the NDIS Board receives and considers actuarial advice, helping to safeguard the financial sustainability of the NDIS.  
     




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Inclusion is everybody’s business

Contributor

Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at 8:00 am

Morrison vows to prioritise NDIS following election win

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th May 2019 at 4:05 pm

Australia set to face UN scrutiny over disability rights

Luke Michael

Friday, 17th May 2019 at 4:45 pm

POPULAR

Morrison vows to prioritise NDIS following election win

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th May 2019 at 4:05 pm

Guide dogs business venture set to shake up traditional charity model

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 13th May 2019 at 4:11 pm

Why NFPs need to ask powerful questions

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th May 2019 at 3:46 pm

Destiny Rescue
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!