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Save Our NDIS: Stop 'My First Plan'

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has implemented changes to the way it is choosing to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). These changes include the introduction of what the NDIA is calling 'My First Plan'

Despite exhibiting case studies of people with disability celebrating their goals on their Youtube channel, the NDIA's justification for 'My First Plan' has been that goals were an additional burden for people joining the scheme. Under 'My First Plan' the first year will be used to get people acquainted with the scheme and only subsequently introduce goals (yes, even if you already have goals prepared).

Because 'My First Plan' removes all goals from the NDIS planning process for the entire first year of joining the scheme we are concerned for its legality. This is in direct contradiction to the legislation that created the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013:

The specific clauses of the NDIS Act 2013 which the NDIA has breached with 'My First Plan' are in section 33, 34 and 35 (highlighted here).

We believe the NDIA's actions are wrong, wrong ethically and wrong legally. The NDIS is intended to bring choice and control. Yet this action by the NDIA gives no choice to people with disability to determine relevance and readiness for goals.

Additionally, we are concerned that 'My First Plan' is designed to help the NDIA meet its own performance statistics. By herding people through a goalless planning process, the NDIA may push people onto the scheme faster, but at the cost of getting people appropriate supports from the start.

We call on the NDIA to show respect for people with disability, to uphold their legal duty and to give people the choice and control to decide if goals are right for their first plan.

The NDIA's actions are in direct contradiction to its responsibilities under law. We are petitioning to have the NDIA's actions in creating 'My First Plan' undone and for all participants to have the choice and control to join the scheme with a plan that includes their own goals if they choose.

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