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“Dehumanising” NDIS Independent Assessments

Posted on: Tue 16 Mar 2021

The government have introduced a new way to assess if people living with a disability are eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This new approach is called “independent assessments”, and this involves an interview with an assessor and a questionaire.

The problem is, however, the assessment process takes a maximum of three hours, which is an unrealistic time to grasp the complex details of an individual’s life.

This is especially true for people with disabilities that fluctuate, as an assessor may catch them on a better or worse day, skewing the picture.

Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis speak to Helen Dickinson, a Professor of Public Service Research at UNSW, who will explain the independent assessment plans and are there any better alternatives.

Produced by Kate Johnson

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