The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Federal Government to look at the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its costs.

The review is looking at:

  • does the NDIS cost too much now and in the future?
  • can disability supports meet demand as more people want to use them?
  • what kinds of things are making the NDIS more expensive?
  • how does the NDIS work with other services, like health and education?
  • what would make the NDIS cost less or work better?
  • is the NDIS working well for people with disability?
  • what will happen with the NDIS if more people than expected need to use it?

You can read the full terms of reference for the review over at their website.

People with disability were central to the development of the NDIS, and it is important for us to have our say now in this review. DPO Australia, which PWDA is part of, will be making an extensive submission. We will also be holding a social media forum to gather views, and you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to inform the submission.

Have your say to the Productivity Commission about the NDIS. Make a submission by 24 March

Have your say

People with disability are strongly encouraged to make a submission to the Productivity Commission. A submission can look at any of the questions from the issues paper (see below or read the issues paper), or about other NDIS matters within the terms of reference.

It is important to tell your story about your experiences with the NDIS. This is your chance to talk about what has been good, and what has been bad, about the NDIS so far. It is also a time to talk about what you think can be done better to make the NDIS work for people with disability.

The review will have several stages.


What happens

22 February

Release of issues paper

24 March

Submissions due to issues paper


Position paper released

15 September

Final report released

Issues paper

The Issues Paper has been released by the Productivity Commission. This paper asks lots of questions about different parts of the NDIS and is particularly interested in the bigger issues, rather than on issues to do with the NDIS getting started.

Some of the questions are:

  • Why are more people using the NDIS than we thought there would be?
  • What kinds of things are making people’s support cost more than was expected?
  • Do any changes need to be made to who is eligible for the the NDIS?
  • Is it clear what kinds of supports are the NDIS and what are other services, like health and education?
  • Is the planning process working? What could make it better?
  • What sort of disability supports are included in the NDIS?
  • What do people with disability want from disability workers in the NDIS?
  • What will happen to disability supports for people with disability in rural and remote areas or for people who need very specialist services?
  • Do people with disability have enough information and support to work with the NDIS?
  • Do people with disability have enough say about the running of the NDIS?

You can download and read the issues paper from the Productivity Commission website.


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