Independent Assessments

October 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-269-5

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Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Notes on terminology and references

Chapter 2—Background to independent assessments

  Background to the NDIS
  Background to independent assessments
  Consultation on independent assessments
  Trials/pilots carried out to date
  Independent Advisory Council's view
  Announcement that independent assessments will not proceed: 9 July 2021

Chapter 3—The Productivity Commission and Tune Review reports

  2011 Productivity Commission report
  Tune Review report

Chapter 4—Rationale for introducing independent assessments

  Increased plan flexibility
  Improved consistency and fairness in decision-making
  Avoiding sympathy bias
  Financial sustainability

Chapter 5—Concerns raised about tools and assessors

  Appropriateness of the proposed assessment tools
  Tools may not be appropriate for certain disability types
  Tools may not be appropriate for certain cohorts of people with disability

Chapter 6—What people with disability and their families told us

  What people who went through the trials said
  What people with disability and their families said about independent assessments
  The NDIA's position

Chapter 7—Other concerns raised

  Review rights and oversight
  Designing an appropriate model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote communities
  Assessments in remote areas
  Thin markets
  Concerns that independent assessments could delay NDIS access
  Funding flexibility
  Other issues

Chapter 8—Where to from here?

  Concerns about the policy process
  Principles of co-design
  Functional assessments in other contexts
  Medicare Benefits Schedule item
  Other proposals from the Government

Chapter 9—Committee view and recommendations

  Preliminary comments
  The financial sustainability of the NDIS
  Appropriateness of proposed tools
  Policy development, consultation and co-design
  Learning from other schemes
  The future of assessments
  Concluding remarks

Appendix 1—Key concerns raised by experts about specific tools

Appendix 2—Research from the Parliamentary Library on assessments in other contexts

  Workers Compensation Schemes - Independent Assessments
  DVA assessments of impairments

Appendix 3—Examples of evidence indicating the need for bulk-billed consultations

Appendix 4—Parliamentary Budget Office costing request

Appendix 5—Submissions and Additional Information

Appendix 6—Public Hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: (02) 6277 3083
Fax: (02) 6277 5829