Recommendations released today, 20 January 2020, following a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by independent expert Mr David Tune AO PSM, should unlock the benefits of the scheme more quickly and provide certainty for those trying to access it.

The Summer Foundation supports the commitment to a Participant Service Guarantee and the introduction of new standards for shorter, realistic timeframes for NDIS plan establishment and reviews.

However, while the introduction of specific timeframes around critical decisions and actions of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are positive, the timeframes require further attention.

The 21 days allocated for the NDIA to make an access decision and the 70 days (from 1 July 2020 and 56 days from 1 July 2021) for plan approval following an access decision, do not reflect the urgency required to support a person waiting to leave hospital or aged care.

Without urgent NDIS decision-making, people disabilities will remain stuck in hospitals or in aged care. The longer they are stuck there, the harder it is to transition back into the community.

Therefore, the Summer Foundation calls on the NDIS to commit to a triage process that will ensure people with disabilities who require urgent access decisions will be prioritised. People stuck in hospital and in aged care should have their access decision confirmed within 5 days and that their NDIS plan is approved within the soonest possible time. 

The Summer Foundation particularly supports three other recommendations in the report:

  • The NDIA and governments working with researchers and experts in disability support to establish an accessible source of publicly available information about evidence-based best-practice approaches to help participants exercise informed choice and control
  • The NDIS developing a comprehensive national outreach strategy to ensure everyone who is eligible for the NDIS is aware of the scheme and supported to engage with it
  • Undertaking reviews of the NDIA’s operational guidelines for Supported Independent Living, with an emphasis on reinforcing the principles of choice and control

In 2019 the Commonwealth Government commissioned Mr David Tune to conduct an independent review to look at changes that could be made to streamline NDIS processes, remove barriers to positive participant experiences and introduce the Participant Service Guarantee. The Summer Foundation made a submission to the review, including 26 recommendations.

You can read the review report here:

The Summer Foundation Board is extremely pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr Di Winkler as CEO of the Summer Foundation. Di is founder of the Summer Foundation, and was CEO from the organisation’s inception in 2006 until early 2018.

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34-year-old Sam Petersen lived in a nursing home for 2 years. Source: SBS News, Jennifer Scherer

Source: SBS News  | Reporter: Jennifer Scherer | Photo: SBS News

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The Summer Foundation has lodged its submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

The submission identifies the key policy and systemic changes needed to stop young people being forced into aged care. It covers what needs to change and how it can happen.

Our 12 recommendations are based on our extensive work with young people in aged care and with providers in the health and aged care sectors.

The people whose stories we used to illustrate the realities of living in aged care were selected from 95 young people who participated in one-on-one conversations with us.

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People with disability in hospital and aged care now able to move home with support from the NDIS.

The Summer Foundation welcomes the decisions made on Friday by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council for the NDIS to fund a range of disability-related health supports.

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The Summer Foundation’s very own Dr George Taleporos is back with a third series of his popular podcasts – aimed at helping you make sense of the NDIS.

Back by popular demand, Reasonable and Necessary with Dr George: Making Sense of the NDIS is available to listen to on iTunes or SoundCloud. There are five half-hour episodes in this third series, which cover topics such as how the NDIS can work better and how it can support people with complex needs. We also hear some fantastic insights about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) from industry insiders, as well as a unique Q&A with the NDIA.

The podcasts are about simplifying the NDIS and helping participants, their families and anyone else involved in supporting NDIS participants to be able to work their way through a new and complicated process.

Series 3


Q&A with the NDIA – featuring Maryanne Diamond AO, General Manager, Community Linkages and Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency

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Previous episodes of Reasonable and Necessary with Dr George are available here. Full transcripts of each podcast are also available.

Source: Every Australian Counts | Author: George Taleporos

At the end of last week the Federal Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher announced a new government action plan to get young people out of aged care.

So what is in the plan, what does it have to do with the NDIS – and what will it mean for young people currently trapped in facilities around the country?

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