Submission to Senate Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS Inquiry into Current Scheme Implementation and Forecasting for the NDIS

Following our previous submission for the Joint Standing Committee’s Interim Report (November 2021), we say that allied health professionals have a duty of care to support NDIS participants to receive the full range of evidence-based, clinically assessed allied health services that they need.

To achieve this it is important not to simply take claims of ‘financial unsustainability’ and ‘cost blowouts’ at face value. We show that the Scheme’s dominant model of modelling and forecasting relies on a flawed market philosophy.

Allied health providers contribute expertise to assessments of participants seeking access to the Scheme and in any subsequent reviews of participants’ plans. We also provide therapy supports under allocated plan funding.

Our submission draws on previous Joint Standing Committee recommendations and Government responses to discuss current problems in these processes that continue to disadvantage participants.