National Disability Insurance Scheme
AFSA has been monitoring the progressive introduction of this new way of funding and providing disability services. This section of the AFSA website contains information that may be of assistance to parents, carers and families of people with an ASD to help in the preparation of support plans and management of NDIS funding.
The AFSA Facebook page is another source of information – Like us on Facebook to make sure you get the latest NDIS news and where you can post comments about your own experiences with NDIS.
The NDIS take a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
Here is a short video to try and help you understand the role of the NDIS. You can visit the official NDIS website here. For more information specific to Victoria, including roll out details you can click here.
Snapshot of NDIS Resources
One of the most comprehensive NDIS guides for parents and carers of children with a disability can be found on the Raising Children website click here for more information.
Carers Australia website has a lot of NDIS information to help families/carers.
We came across this item from the Have Wheelchair will Travel blog – it is an excellent outline of one family’s journey with the NDIS and is well worth a read.
Clickability is a useful Australia wide interactive website with information about service providers, blogs and the opportunity for participants and their families to lodge reviews about service providers.
NDIA Autism Advisory Group
The Autism Advisory Group was established in 2018 to provide a strong voice on behalf of people with autism who are participating in the NDIS. The group includes autism experts, service providers and people with lived experience of autism and will advise the NDIA on autism. AFSA secured a meeting with this group in June 2021 – a copy of our Discussion Points, Questions and the NDIA response can be downloaded here.
AFSA responded to the issue of Independent Assessments in late 2020 – see our response here – and we were relieved when it was announced that the NDIA was not proceeding with the introduction of Independent Assessments.
Code of Conduct
In May 2017 – The NDIA released a Discussion Paper relating to the proposed Code of Conduct (Quality and Safeguarding Framework) for NDIS service providers. Further information and links can be found here. AFSA has submitted a response to this Discussion Paper. You can download a copy here.
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission was launched in Victoria on 1st July 2019. Information about the Commission is on their website www.ndiscommission.gov.au.
To access the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework click here.
The framework is designed to ensure high quality supports and safe environments for NDIS participants.
The guest speaker at our 2022 AGM was Samantha Dooley Victorian State Director NDIA Quality & Safeguards Commission. She was asked for information about Behaviour Support Plans and her response is in the attached document.
NDIS Review 2022-2023
Information about a review of the NDIS announced by the federal government can be found on the Review website here including the review Terms of Reference and how you can have your say. AFSA has made a submission to the review.