On 1 September 2016, the House of Representatives established the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The committee is composed of five Members and five Senators.
The committee is tasked with inquiring into the following:
- the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
- the administration and expenditure of the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and
- such other matters in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme as may be referred to it by either House of the Parliament;
As the NDIS continues to roll out nationally, the committee's focus has moved to examine the operation of the Scheme, rather than just the launch and transition phase of the Scheme.
Unfortunately the committee does not have the ability to examine, advise on, or advocate for individual cases. People with concerns about these matters should contact the National Disability Insurance Agency directly.
The committee occasionally inquires into specific aspects of the Scheme. These inquiries are advertised on the committee's webpage and circulated around disability networks. When it does undertake an inquiry, it will invite submissions from individuals and organisations. In addition to these specific inquiries, the committee welcomes submissions and information from those involved in the Scheme in any capacity on their experiences of the implementation and performance of the NDIS to date.
After 30 June each year, the committee is asked to present an annual report to the Parliament on the activities of the committee during the year, in addition to other reports on any other matters it considers relevant.