Tandem has responded to the Productivity Commission Position Paper 2017 on the National Disability Insurance Scheme costing structure.
Tandem’s submission welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback on the NDIS policy paper costs, and NDIA’s ongoing commitment to seeking feedback. In particular we encourage and applaud the recognition of issues associated with the scheme and opportunities to shape future roll out.
"The roll out has been difficult across areas, and as a Peak it has been difficult to navigate and support families and carers of people with psychosocial disability due to the changeable nature of roll out, and differences between planners and NDIA personnel responses. Greater transparency, governance and stewardship in the role of NDIA, LAC and other bodies employed in the process of determining eligibility and planning would be helpful. Families and carers fought to have the NDIS and we support its implementation and ongoing success. The inclusion of psychosocial disability happened later in scheme inception, and this is evident in the current implementation, design of supports and understanding of the needs of people with psychosocial disability and their families and carers. Early implementation has left us with concerns however, that the NDIS will add greater burden without any real recognition of carers long term. A shift in practice philosophy from seeing carers as ‘free available labour’ to partners in planning and implementation is required."
Tandem has responded to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016, which introduces a special ‘Savings Fund’ to redirect underspends and identified savings to help meet the Australian Government’s contribution to the NDIS.
Tandem’s submission welcomed the pledge to deliver and fund the NDIS in full, but expressed concern that re-directing funds from existing services may have a negative impact on families and mental health carers. Any re-direction of funds should not be to the detriment of existing services that provide essential supports to mental health carers.
Submissions made for the inquiry here.