We split participants into groups based on their age, disability and functional capacity. Then, we randomly selected participants from these groups and invited them by letter and email to join the pilot.
We have identified participants in this way to make sure the people involved in the pilot represent our entire NDIS population of 400,000 participants.
We’re aiming to complete 4,000 independent assessments as part of this pilot.
Participants who receive an invitation from us will need to give us their consent in an online form. The link to the online form is included in the participant’s letter.
Participants can also use the link in their letter to request more information about the independent assessment pilot.
Being involved in the pilot is not mandatory, and invited participants can choose whether they’d like to be involved. They can also withdraw from the pilot at any time.
In line with the updated Participant Engagement Payment Policy, participants taking part in the second independent assessment pilot will be eligible for a reimbursement payment. The reimbursement will be made at a one-off flat rate of $150 per participant after they have completed an independent assessment.
The Participant Engagement Payment Policy allows us to pay NDIS participants, people with disability, their families and carers, who give up their time to provide input to our improvement projects.
We are paying participants for contributing their time attending an assessment. After they have completed their independent assessment, participants are also invited to give feedback about their experience. Participants will be able to tell us what worked well in the pilot and what could have been better.
The involvement of participants is important, as this will help ensure the second pilot provides robust data to inform independent assessments in the future.
Participants who have already participated in the second independent assessment pilot, which commenced in October 2020, will also be eligible for the one-off reimbursement.
We are only asking participants at least four months away from their scheduled plan review to be involved. We’re doing this to keep the independent assessment pilot separate from plan reviews.
While participants will receive a copy of their independent assessment, we won’t be using them for planning decisions.
The pilot is Australia-wide and responsive to each state and territory's ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
Who is doing the assessments?
We’ve asked APM, Plena Healthcare and HealthStrong to conduct the independent assessments in this pilot.
APM, Plena Healthcare and HealthStrong are doing the independent assessments for the pilot across metropolitan, regional and remote locations nationwide.
APM already delivers NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services, and they helped us with independent assessments in this pilot before it was postponed in March 2020.
APM can only provide the assessments in areas outside of where they deliver NDIS LAC services.
Plena Healthcare and HealthStrong are registered NDIS providers. They can only provide independent assessments to participants who do not receive their services as part of their NDIS plan.
When a participant fills out the online form and wants to join the pilot, either APM, Plena Healthcare or HealthStrong will contact them to book in an assessment time that best suits them.
Participants cannot choose which organisation completes their independent assessment.