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Submission SUB-B0S7-003297 (Assist Ability Australia Vic pty ltd)

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Assist Ability Australia Vic pty ltd
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10 areas for improvement
How can we empower you through the planning process?

Rather than expecting people with disability to show you what a "bad day" looks like to secure the adequate funding they need, try to understand their disability and its ever-changing needs. Just like everyone else, people with disabilities needs change daily and their funding should be flexible enough to identify this. Providing a safe place and an understanding person to facilitate the process.

What is the best way to provide supports for those not in the NDIS?

Have registered providers who are trustworthy to run programs or facilitate supports directly for the individual.

How you would define reasonable and necessary?

Something which is required for a person with a disability to live an equal quality of life as anyone else.

What is the best way to support children with disability… and those with emerging developmental concerns?

Educate the parents to recognize that early intervention is key! Support early childhood educators to recognize signs of developmental disability so that early intervention can be applied. Have a simple anonymous phone line for educators to report their beliefs if a child has a disability so that parents can be supported, especially parents who they, themselves have a disability.

How can the market be better designed, structured and supported?

Get rid of unregistered providers. Only registered providers who can prove they are not fraudulent through the auditing process should be able to access NDIS funds.

How should outcomes and performance be measured and shared?

Via auditing. Audits should not only focus on fraud and legals aspects but also the ethical and best practice standards. This information should be collated and shared. There could also be a public rating system for providers where NDIS rates the provider based on their practices .

How would you build better outcomes or goals into your plan?

By focusing more on what people do everyday and less on social things.

What does good service from someone helping you navigate the NDIS look like?

Honest, reliable and explanatory.

How should housing and living options be improved to build a good life?

More funding should be put into SIL options. This then ensures that People with disability are protected.

How should the safeguarding system be improved for a better NDIS?

No more unregistered providers. ALL providers must prove they have their insurance, not just registered services. No more undedicated owners/managers of businesses that have no idea about disability but just want to make a quick buck.