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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4800 ..


Libraries improve quality of life, promote lifelong learning and contribute to social inclusion.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the other members of the committee, Miss Burch and Mr Milligan, as well as Ms Cheyne and Ms Lawder for their contribution to the inquiry before a change in committee membership. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee

Report 4

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (10.23): I present the following report:

Health, Ageing and Community Services—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into the Implementation, Performance and Governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT, dated 23 November 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Today the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services is tabling its fourth report for the Ninth Assembly. This report presents the committee's findings from its inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the NDIS in the ACT, which was self-referred in November 2017.

The committee received 70 submissions from a range of peak bodies, NDIS registered service providers, and individuals participating in the scheme and their carers, as well as the ACT government. The committee held seven public hearings, where it received evidence relating to a range of matters, including the operational aspects of the scheme and availability of services to NDIS participants, as well as broad structural matters related to the governance and review of the scheme.

The committee heard very clearly throughout the course of the inquiry that the current planning processes adopted by the NDIA are inflexible and at times inconsistent, which have contributed to the negative experiences of participants, their carers and families. As such, the committee found that further evaluation of the planning process is required to consider the inclusion of family plans, the adoption of a more flexible planning process to allow amendments to plans without triggering a plan review, consistency in funding across plans, and workforce development for NDIA planners to reduce casualisation and improve workforce expertise.

The committee also heard about the impacts of reducing funding for support coordination in participant plans. In particular, the committee heard that reduced support coordination after the participant's initial plan has contributed to the increased


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