What happens with the information from the pilot?

The purpose of the pilot is to collect more data from independent assessments. This data will help inform how we introduce independent assessments. 

The pilot is also about seeking your feedback. What you have to say will help us get this important change right to make the NDIS simpler, faster and more flexible, for all NDIS participants.

Test how we make evidence-based decisions to build personalised budgets

In this pilot, we are testing how the data we collect from an independent assessment can be used to build personalised 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 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 personalised 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 introduce 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 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.

Through the independent assessment pilot, we’ll better understand how independent assessments work in practice, and how they can contribute to making the NDIS simpler, faster and more flexible for new and existing participants.

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.

This page current as of
30 April 2021
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