- Qualified healthcare professionals from eight organisations will deliver independent assessments across Australia.
- Across 90% of Local Government Areas (LGAs), new and existing participants can choose from at least three organisations for an in-person independent assessment.
- Across the remaining 10% of LGAs, new and existing participants can choose from at least two organisations for an in-person independent assessment.
The NDIA has gone through a formal process to find the right organisations to provide independent assessments. This process is called an open tender.
The organisations who will deliver independent assessments to new and existing participants are:
- Outlook Matters Psychology, Innovative Rehab, Pain NT
- Rehab Management (Aust) Pty Ltd
- Access Care Network Australia
- IPAR Rehabilitation
- Advanced Personnel Management (APM)
- Allied Care Group
These organisations will employ the health care professionals who will do your independent assessment with you.
We chose these eight organisations because they:
- Have experience as a service delivery organisation
- Understand and have experience of the disability population in their local area, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups and communities
- Have the right staffing mix and level of professional expertise to deliver independent assessments.
We’re working with these organisations to help them get ready for the start of independent assessments in mid-2021. This preparation includes additional training delivered by us, and a range of checks to make sure they’re ready to go when independent assessments start.
Your choice and control
No matter where you live across Australia, if you are a new or existing participant aged 7 years and over; you, your family member, or carer will be able to choose the organisation your independent assessor comes from.
Across 90% of Local Government Areas (LGAs), you can choose from at least three organisations for an in-person independent assessment.
Across the remaining 10% of LGAs, you can choose from at least two organisations for an in-person independent assessment.
You also have the option to do your independent assessment by video call. You can choose:
- where and when your assessment happens
- if your assessor is male or female
- if you’d like your assessment done in one session, or over a number of days.
If you identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, we’ll offer you an assessor who has completed further training, and who has the experience and skills to provide you with a culturally sensitive and safe assessment experience.
The independent assessment organisations for your local government area:
What qualifications do independent assessors have?
Independent assessors will be health care professionals from a range of areas including:
- occupational therapists
- speech pathologists
- clinical and registered psychologists
- rehabilitation counsellors
- social workers.
In choosing the organisations to deliver independent assessments, we looked at whether they met the professional qualifications and experience needed to deliver independent assessments. We’ve made sure these organisations employ assessors who:
- Match the types of assessors needed;
- Have a minimum of 12 months full time clinical experience (post General Registration) working in their field with an appropriate level of clinical supervision;
- Have direct face-to-face experience working with a variety of clients, covering a wide range of disabilities, support needs, skills and backgrounds.