Policy and Advocacy Disability Update April 2024

NDIS Legislation
New NDIS Legislation was introduced into Federal Parliament at the end of March. Once passed, it will begin to implement the recommendations of the NDIS Review (including changes to plans and assessments) and create new pathways to enable early intervention. The Bill has been referred to a Parliamentary Committee and submissions are invited by Friday 26 April. 

OTA will be preparing a submission. OTA has reiterated that Allied Health should be central to any reforms and will continue to engage with NDIA and DSS to ensure that Allied Health has a seat at the table in the implementation process.

Get up to date with NDIS
OTA is hosting a FREE online member update on Monday 29 April, from 4.30pm to 6pm.

We will discuss NDIS Review recommendations and subsequent announcements. This event will be FREE and attendance available exclusively to OTA members.  

Click here to register.

Have your say on NDIS Registration...
OTA is responding to the NDIS Provider and Worker Registration Taskforce which has been set up to provide advice to government on a future NDIS Registration system. The NDIS Independent Review recommended mandatory registration for all NDIS providers. 

OTA has been invited to sit on the Provider Advisory Group and will also make a submission to the Taskforce.

Take OTA’s 5-minute NDIS Registration survey to tell us how mandatory registration will affect you.  Click here to do the survey.

NDIS Pricing Taskforce
OTA is developing a submission in response to the recent announcement of the creation of a NDIS Pricing Taskforce which has been set up between ACCC, NDIA and the NDIS Commission and will take complaints about pricing differentiation. We have written to the taskforce to seek advice about their remit – whether it covers goods only or ‘services’ too like OT.

We will keep you informed as we receive more information.

DSC NDIS Conference 

OTA attended the DSC NDIS Conference on 26 and 27 March in Sydney and connected with some key members who were attending and heard from some of the leaders in the NDIS space including the new Disability Commissioner, Ministers for NDIS and Social Services, academics and lived experience advocates. 

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