AT Innovation Hub Scoping & Feasibility Study

As part of the AT Strategy, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) commissioned a feasibility study on an Assistive Technology (AT) Innovation Hub(s). The six month study has been conducted and completed by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with input from Northcott Innovation. The NDIA is considering plans to implement the recommendations.

Background to the Feasibility & Scoping Study

The NDIA received over 20 quality responses to its request to tender at the end of 2015 reflecting the high level of interest in this topic.

Associate Professor Roberta Ryan, Director of the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and Project Director for the study said ‘this research has the potential to impact thousands of NDIS participants and make a real difference in the daily lives of people with a disability. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NDIA and look forward to engaging with participants, innovators and providers across the country to identify ways that innovation in Assistive Technologies can be fostered in Australia through the NDIS.’

The work on looking at what has been written on this topic, and talking with key AT and other innovators (both in Australia and internationally) was completed by April 2016. This will inform the consultation phase.

In developing some final suggestions for the NDIA, the consultants looked at the most cost effective way for the NDIA to deliver AT innovation and the impact this could have on the industry and Australia’s economy. As part of this, four workshops were held across Australia in 2016 for the UTS team to speak with NDIS participants about AT and innovation in AT.