Massive win for Disability Community: Independent Assessments Scrapped

NT Government

Minister for Disabilities Kate Worden today took part in the National Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting where amendments to the NDIS were discussed.

At the meeting Ms Worden did not support Independent Assessments and the proposed changes to the NDIS Act.

Disability Ministers’ from all States and Territories have united in calling on the Commonwealth to release more detailed data on the sustainability of the NDIS scheme.

The Independent Advisory Council to the National Disability Insurance Agency had expressed significant concerns with the introduction of independent assessments.

Pleasingly, there was unanimous agreement that Independent Assessments, as an assessment tool, would not proceed.

The Commonwealth have agreed to work with the Disability Sector, States and Territories to deliver a new co-designed person-centred model that delivers consistency, and equity in access and plan outcomes.

We will continue to work with the Federal Government on this important matter.

Quotes attributed to the Minister for Disabilities, Kate Worden:

“We have listened to our participants and the Disability sector regarding the proposed Independent Assessments and amendments to the NDIS Act. Today we expressed these views, and have had a great win.

“Independent Assessments are dead, and the proposed changes to the NDIS legislation will not proceed without proper and broad ranging consultation.

“Any changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act must give consideration to the specific needs of regional and remote Territorians.”

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