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International view of NDIS 

A thought provoking report, “Redesigning the NDIS” has called for urgent and radical reform of the Scheme.

The report was written by international expert on self-directed disability supports and citizenship, Dr Simon Duffy, and NDIS participant and Summer Foundation researcher Dr Mark Brown.

It aimed to encourage debate within the Australian disability sector while also providing an international perspective on the Australian system.

Public discussion with the authors included an interview on our Reasonable & Necessary podcast and an online event organised by Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), which commissioned the report.

Citizenship, community and inclusion should enliven the next NDIS, putting people with disability back at its centre and ensuring its sustainability, according to the report.

The report is premised on the idea that people with disability should be co-developers of the NDIS. They should be continually involved in the evolving definitions of what “reasonable and necessary” means.

This would see the system working within an overall budget that has been agreed with the disability community. All agreements would be revisable and would be reviewed in the light of available evidence.

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