The second independent assessment pilot

Key facts

  • In October 2020, we’ll restart our second independent assessment pilot.
  • We’ll be using the data we collect in this pilot to help us implement independent assessments in 2021.
  • We’ll be contacting participants directly, and inviting them to volunteer to complete a free, independent assessment.
  • We’re looking to complete 4,000 independent assessments, starting in October 2020.

This is our second independent assessment pilot. We started this pilot in late 2019, but needed to postpone it in March 2020 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We’re restarting the pilot to continue testing how we will implement independent assessments in 2021.

Restarting this pilot will help us to gather additional feedback from participants, their families and carers, as well as assessors, to ensure independent assessments can be tailored to meet the needs of the Scheme’s diverse participants.

During the pilot, we’ll be looking at how independent assessments can help us to:

  • Build NDIS plans that are equitable and consistent, and provide participants with the reasonable and necessary supports they need.
  • Understand more about the experiences of different types of participants, like people with complex and psychosocial disabilities, and participants who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Make evidence-based decisions to replace the current way of building plan budgets, which doesn’t provide the flexibility for participants to tailor their plan to purchase the supports they need for everyday life. 

In addition, we will also be using the pilot to assess the training and support needs of the new assessor workforce and NDIA delegates who make access and planning decisions under the NDIS Act.

In parallel with the pilot, we will continue consulting with the disability sector as we prepare to roll out independent assessments in 2021.
We did our first independent assessment pilot in 2018. You can read more about the first independent assessment pilot.

This page current as of
23 October 2020
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