The Government has responded to Mr Tune’s Report, published in January, which contained 29 recommendations or suggested changes for the NDIS Act.
In March we wrote about community and sector responses to the report in No Surprises from Tune Review. Now, the Australian Government says it welcomes the 2019 review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the NDIS Act) report completed by Mr David Tune AO PSM.
Nineteen of the recommendations suggest necessary changes to the NDIS Act and Rules to support the implementation of the Participant Service Guarantee. These changes would aim to improve outcomes for children and people with psychosocial disabilities, make clear the basis of “reasonable and necessary” packages of support and streamline processes. The other ten recommendations go to supporting an improved participant experience through operational or other service delivery reforms, ensuring the NDIS meets expectations for access, inclusion and usability for participants.
The Government says it is committed to working closely with people with disability and their families and carers to ensure the NDIS provides consistent, effective and high-quality service delivery. The Department of Social Services says that together with the NDIA, the Government is comm9itted to identifying and improving processes and implement the Participant Service Guarantee.
The Government says in principle, it supports all 29 recommendations in the Report and had previously committed to legislate the Participant Service Guarantee by 1 July this year. This was delayed due to the need to focus on the COVID-19 response. Draft amendments to the NDIS Act are in development.
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