Functional assessments have always been part of the NDIS process, however current arrangements can be complex, costly and inconsistent.
Participants have reported they have spent thousands of dollars chasing assessments to show their functional capacity.
By making the independent assessments free, we are removing the financial burden of evidence gathering, to access and use the NDIS, and making sure participants have the right assessments to assist in the planning or review process.
The NDIA estimates this will save people with disability collectively between $130 million and $170 million per year based on the cost of assessments.
Independent assessments mean that new and existing participants have the same opportunity to access an internationally recognised, evidence-based and consistent assessment, which provides an up-to-date and complete assessment of their functional capacity.