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The purpose of the pilot is to collect more data from independent assessments. This data will help inform how we implement independent assessments later this year.
Test how we make evidence-based decisions to build plan budgets
Starting this year, we will use independent assessments to help us make access and planning decisions. In this pilot, we are testing how the data we collect from an independent assessment can be used to build personalised plan budgets.
We are using the assessment tools in the toolkit for this pilot. This means participants will be assessed in the same way, regardless of which state or territory they live in, or the access they have to health and allied health services.
This will provide us with reliable and consistent evidence to help refine the processes that guide NDIS access and planning decisions.
Make sure NDIS plans are equitable and consistent, and provide participants with the reasonable and necessary supports they need
The current approach to planning, doesn’t provide flexibility for participants to tailor their plan to purchase the supports they need for everyday life.
In future, we intend for the funding in plans to be more closely aligned with a participant’s level of functional capacity and need, with plans being more flexible for participants to purchase the supports they need.
To do this, we need to build personalised plan budgets using consistently gathered, evidence-based information on a person’s functional capacity from their independent assessment, along with information on environmental factors to determine their support needs.
The data we collect from this pilot will help us build plan budgets that provide more opportunities for participants to choose how they use their plan.
Design the right independent assessment process for all types of participants.
NDIS participants include all types of people with all types of disabilities.
We need to make sure that the way we are implementing independent assessments is also right for participants with complex and psychosocial disabilities, and participants who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Through the pilot, we’re collecting data on language, cultural barriers, environmental and social barriers to help us to design and implement the independent assessment process for all participants.
Training and consultation
In this pilot, we’re building on what we learnt in the first pilot to embed the right processes and training for assessors qualified to do the independent assessments, and the NDIA staff who make access and planning decisions under the NDIS Act.
We’re continuing to talk to the disability sector about independent assessments. We’re asking the sector to share their insights, which will help us design some of the practical elements needed to deliver independent assessments.