The Morrison Government’s plan to implement NDIS ‘Independent Assessments’ has blindsided Australians with disability.

These would force people with disability to audition before a panel of strangers to get on the NDIS or to remain on the NDIS.

This has been rushed through and is just another plan to take support away from Australians who need it from the Government that last year ripped $4.6 billion out of the NDIS.

The NDIA will not say: Why people with disability were not consulted on this decision before it was announced? Why the tender went out before the pilot program was completed?

How a panel contracted by the NDIA will be truly independent? Why weren’t other options considered – like vouchers or clearer instructions to allied health – to help with access?

What genuine evidence has been used to support?

Please sign our petition calling on the Morrison Government to stop the rollout of independent assessments to the NDIS

We’re calling on the Morrison Government to immediately:

  1. Listen to participants and immediately pause the rollout of the current Independent Assessments program by withdrawing the service tender;
  2. Hold a genuine, transparent consultation process to confirm what the issues are and trial different options;
  3. Co-design the solution best supported by evidence with participants, families, carers and the sector; and
  4. Make public all modelling, actuarial advice and evaluation reports used to support the chosen program, showing numbers of participants whose NDIS funding or eligibility will be impacted.

It is true that consistency and fairness in the NDIS are a problem, but this will just add another layer to the bureaucracy and create more hoops for Australians with disability to jump through.

Australians want an NDIS that is consistent and fair, but they never asked for Independent Assessments.

The 400,000 people with disability on the NDIS deserve honesty about these significant changes.

This is just another attempt by the Coalition to try and cut the NDIS, by moving the goalposts on eligibility for people with disability.  

Please sign our petition calling on the Morrison Liberal Government to stop the rollout of independent assessments to the NDIS

Together we can convince them to do the right thing before it’s too late.