The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, is a new Federal funding initiative currently being rolled out across the country. It is a huge reform to how disability services will be delivered in Australia. In the words of the NDIA, people with disability are to have: “control and choice of reasonable and necessary supports to help them live an ordinary life.”

NDIS Submissions

Recently as part of VMIAC’s ongoing commitment to provide support and advocacy around issues of importance to people with mental health or emotional issues. VMIAC has made a submission to The Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disability related to a mental health condition. We have also made a separate submission in response to The Productivity Commissions Issues Paper on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs. These two submissions we believe are reflective and encapsulate  many of the key concerns being expressed by consumers across the State around the implementation and design of the NDIS.

The two submissions can be downloaded here:
VMIAC NDIS Submission Joint Standing Commission
VMIAC NDIS Submission Productivity Commission

The Final Report on the findings of the Joint Standing Committee into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition was tabled on the 15th August it can be downloaded 

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/National_Disability_Insurance_Scheme/MentalHealth/Report  

Building on some issues of the issues highlighted in our submissions here are some links to some other useful information about the NDIS and Mental Health

https://www.ndis.gov.au/medias/documents/heb/h21/8799160959006/Fact-Sheet-Psychosocial-disability-recovery-and-the-NDIS-PDF-774KB-.pdf

A fact sheet from the NDIS on Psychosocial Disability and Recovery

http://www.peerconnect.org.au

A website called Peer Connect funded by the NDIS that explores the value of Peer Support regarding the NDIS and features links to a range of information regarding the NDIS (please note that the focus for the website is across all areas of disability but it does contain helpful information with regards to understanding the NDIS)

https://www.ndis.gov.au/medias/bin/documents/h7f/h5a/8800667729950/Psychosocial-Disability-Prods.docx

A link to the Position Paper developed by the Productivity Commission which summarises the main issues identified in submissions to their Issue Paper on NDIS costs