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Joint committee to visit NDIS trial sites

Tuesday, 1 April - (PDF 69KB)

The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be visiting all four NDIS trial sites over coming weeks. This will be the first opportunity that the newly formed committee will have to talk to people about the rollout of the NDIS. The proposed schedule of visits is as follows: 

  • 14–15 April, Geelong 
  • 16–17 April, Hobart 
  • 5–6 May, Newcastle 
  • 7–8 May, Adelaide. 

The Hon. Mal Brough MP, Chair of the committee said: "Our visits to the trial sites are to allow NDIS participants, their carers and family members to tell us about their experience with the NDIS to date. The committee wants to understand the process that people with disability go through to become participants in the scheme, and how they have received and used their package of supports." 

"How easy is it for eligible people to access the scheme and its supports? Is the planning process for participants working effectively? Do scheme participants have a real choice in their service providers? Are those who miss out on a scheme package able to access appropriate 'in-kind' services? How well are the federal and state governments coordinating their effort to roll out the Scheme?".

"We also want to hear from service providers about how they are finding the transition from the state block funding to a competitive market under the NDIS." 

Mr Brough emphasised that all committee members are united in their support for the NDIS and its design principles of giving people much needed support and importantly choice and control of their lives. 

The committee's program for the site visits will be the same at each venue. The morning of the first day will be for hearings from NDIS participants, carers and family members followed by a recess, after which the committee will hear from service providers in the afternoon. The second day at each site visit will be set aside to hear from officials from state government and state disability offices and the National Disability Insurance Agency site officials. 

The committee is asking service providers and current NDIS participants and their family members and carers to register for these events. If you wish to register to speak to the committee about your experiences with the trial sites, please contact the committee secretariat on: 

phone: (02) 6277 3083
email: ndis.sen@aph.gov.au

Registration numbers are limited. On registration, the committee will provide you with a program that will indicate the appropriate time for you to participate.

 

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Committee Secretariat contact:

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3083
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
ndis.sen@aph.gov.au