A decision from the South Australian Government to slow down the pace of the NDIS rollout has not been unexpected – although it has understandably led to frustration for many, with an estimated 4,000 people affected.
The rollout has now been extended until the end of December 2018 (a 6-month shift), with the State to maintain current funding in the interim.
Essentially, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has stated a commitment to completing NDIS eligibility assessment for all existing recipients of disability supports by June 30, however, the approval of plans has now shifted to completion over the 6 months to December 31, 2018.
Delays have been viewed as inevitable by many given the high-volume case load remaining and
late appointment of Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partners in South Australia, Baptcare and Mission Australia, in February 2018.
As a service provider, Assured Home Care acknowledges the considered measure by the NDIA to realistically reassess the program rollout position. There have been some considerable concerns that the focus on processing a higher volume of cases might threaten to compromise the quality of outcomes.
Existing clients who currently receive disability funding will not be impacted in the short-term and will continue to receive payments under the terms of their existing plan with Disability SA until transition occurs to the NDIS.
For those who are new to the scheme, however, or for those who have identified increased or changing support needs, the delay is certainly not ideal.
If you’re needing support with your NDIS Plan, Assured Home Care can assist.