On 19 October 2021, the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) tabled its final report into the Parliamentary Inquiry into independent assessments. Click here to access the report.
Rare Voices Australia (RVA) welcomes the report’s six recommendations which align with the Submission lodged by RVA into the Parliamentary Inquiry. The announcement from Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, that independent assessments would not proceed in their proposed form, is a win for Australians living with a rare disease, as well as their families and carers.
The report’s six recommendations address:
- Approaches to co-design and consultation
- Broader matters of financial sustainability
- Bulk-billed appointments with medical and allied health professionals
RVA thanks the 25 representatives from our RVA Partner organisations (rare disease support groups) who provided input during the development of RVA’s Submission. As the national peak body for Australians living with a rare disease, RVA will continue monitoring and engaging with the Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure the voices of people living with a rare disease are included in any future consultation around co-design and any proposed revised forms of assessment.