For participants - the second independent assessment pilot

Key facts

  • We’re restarting our second independent assessment pilot in October 2020.
  • We’re inviting 4,000 NDIS participants to do an independent assessment in this pilot.
  • If you receive a letter or email from us, you can volunteer to do a free independent assessment.
  • We’ll use the data we collect from assessments in this pilot to help us implement independent assessments in 2021.

In 2021, we’re improving how people access and use the NDIS by introducing independent assessments. 

Restarting this pilot will help us 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.

To help us prepare for the introduction of independent assessments, we’re asking 4,000 NDIS participants to do a free independent assessment. 

This is the second time we’ve done a pilot on independent assessments. We’ll use the data and information we collect in this pilot to make sure the way we build NDIS plans is based on evidence, done in an equitable and consistent way, and provides participants with the supports they need.

We also want to understand 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.

We have split the NDIS population into groups of participants based on age, disability and functional capacity. Then, we randomly selected participants from these groups and sent them an invitation 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.

If you’ve received a letter or email from us asking if you’d like to do an independent assessment, you’ve been randomly selected through this process. 

Joining this pilot and doing an independent assessment is voluntary. You’ll need to tell us if you’d like to be involved and provide your consent.

You can also tell us if you’d like more information.

Only participants invited to join the pilot can do an independent assessment. 

We’ve asked APM to do the independent assessments for this pilot. They are an Australian Government contracted provider of disability services and also deliver NDIS Local Area Coordination services.

APM assisted us with this pilot, before it was postponed in March 2020 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This page current as of
23 October 2020
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