Flinders University researchers have just completed a rigorous study of the National Disability Insurance Scheme concluding that at its current rate the scheme will not be delivered within the timeframe set by the government. That is full implementation by 2020.
Conducted through their National Institute of Labour Studies the report states;
“The first finding is that the Scheme has been designed and built on sound fundamentals. This is an important confirmation of the policy.
The second finding is that the NDIS has been delivering the outcomes that it was designed to deliver. This is probably the most important positive finding of the evaluation and it should be flagged as such.
Given the complexity and magnitude of the undertaking, it is not unexpected that these positive findings come with qualifications. For example, some design aspects and implementation outcomes are not necessarily as person-centred as originally desired, and several outcomes are not attained at the speed that was originally expected. The evaluation identifies several such problems and offers its critical assessment.”
It goes on to say that;
“In line with the whole evaluation, mainstream organisations felt that the NDIS was working well for most participants. However, specific cohorts (people from Indigenous and CALD backgrounds or with mental health conditions, high support needs or limited capacity to self-advocate) were considered to be experiencing poorer outcomes.
“The NDIS also leaves a large minority (about one-third) feel as well off as they were before and it makes a small minority (between 10 and 20 per cent) feel worse off.”
You can read the full report here.