We split the NDIS population into groups of participants 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 voluntary, and invited participants can choose whether they’d like to be involved. Volunteers can also withdraw from the pilot at any time.
We are only asking participants more than six 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, however due to current coronavirus (COVID-19) stage 3 and 4 restrictions in Victoria, Victorian participants won’t be asked to volunteer for the pilot.
Who is doing the assessments?
We’ve asked APM to conduct the independent assessments in this pilot. 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 will do the independent assessments for the pilot across metropolitan, regional and remote locations nationwide, except for Victoria.
APM can only provide the assessments in areas outside of where they deliver NDIS LAC services.
When a participant fills out the online form and wants to join the pilot, APM will contact them to book in an assessment time that best suits them.