After months and months of pressure from the community, the Independent Assessments are on hold.
One of the players that helped put the pressure on was the Independent Advisory Council (IAC).
That Council advises the NDIA Board on issues affecting participants, carers and families.
They wrote a report and recommended that:
“All elements of the independent assessment design, including the toolkit and practice guidance, should be designed in partnership with the disability community to deliver flexible approaches to the greatest extent practicable for the most complex participants that do not have supports, have experienced trauma or have complex behavioural support needs.”
The IAC also spoke to what many of us have been feeling, which is that there has been a massive erosion of trust between the disability community and the NDIA, government and the disability services system more broadly.
A speech made by the Minister since the announcement to put things on hold gives us all an idea of what’s on her agenda:
So be prepared and expect to hear lots more about
More information and resources about Individual assessments
From the NDIA
Since the pause button has been pressed the NDIA website shifted basically all of their information about Independent Assessments to a section of their website they call ‘History of the NDIS’ (funny how quickly something becomes history).
You find some historical information here https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/history-ndis/independent-assessments-proposal
From Every Australian Counts
This grassroots organisation (together with most disabled people led organisations) have led the campaign against independent assessment. Their “Hans of our NDIS” Campaign is not just about independent assessment, but also talks about many of the other issues floating about.
Check out their website