Independent Assessments were introduced by the NDIA recently, and there has been quite a lot of anger in the disability community about this: “”Without a lot of knowledge and experience of disability, it’s simply a cost-cutting exercise and not about the fairness and equity that we would like to see in the NDIS.”

The Canberra Weekly reports more on this.

The disability community objects to a perceived lack of transparency in the Federal Government’s proposed reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS was developed through co-design, Dougie Herd, chair of the ACT Disability Reference Group, explained: when it was designed and built a decade ago, the government consulted for two years with people with disabilities, agencies, and states and territory governments. But this time they say they have been left in the dark.

“All the evidence tells us that the government has kept these changes secret for as long as they possibly could, that they only started sharing information in a meaningful way once members of the community began to be angry and make a noise about this,” Mr Herd said.