Public input vital for NDIS
MENTAL Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) is urging people to have their say on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is looking for feedback about the options for quality and safeguarding, inviting people to make submissions, join an online forum, complete a questionnaire, or attend public meetings.
MIFQ chief executive Tony Stevenson said this was an important opportunity for people to help shape the NDIS into a system that works for them.
"It is critical that any reform of this magnitude is workable, consistent and, importantly, that the right safeguards are in place to protect people," says Mr Stevenson.
"The input of families and carers is also essential in ensuring that NDIS meets its brief to give people every opportunity to make their own decisions and exercise choice and control.
"It is especially important to provide appropriate support to ensure people in the community are not taken advantage of under the NDIS."
Mr Stevenson said the NDIS also needs to ensure:
Consistent delivery of support from people who have understanding of mental health
That quality service delivery is significantly enhanced by the use of peer supports and connection
Appropriate levels of assistance to help people financially managing their own NDIS packages
Consistent quality and fee structures for brokerage for Fund Management Organisations around financial management
To provide feedback visit www.engage.dss.gov.au/ndis-qsf/ until April 30.