The NDIS fundamentally changes the way disability support is provided and is widely seen as a one-time reform. Its key principles are focused on improving outcomes for people with disabilities, their families and guardians, driven by participant choice and control (NDIA 2018). This is the Commission`s first review of sectoral agreements of national importance between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald said: «With the focus on NDIS, limited attention has been paid to better outcomes for the many people with disabilities who are not supported by NDIS. There are approximately 3.8 million people with disabilities in Australia who are not supported by the NDIS. Most people with disabilities are not and are never covered by the NDIS, but their rights, needs and aspirations are important. The recent independent review by the Centre for Social Policy Research showed that parts of the current strategy are working well and that the overall principles and objectives of the strategy are valuable, but there are areas for improvement, particularly with regard to the implementation of the strategy. «Very little progress has been made in achieving previously agreed goals, such as increasing the labour rate of people with disabilities or improving the well-being of carers. We have identified significant gaps in advocacy services, support for caregivers and support for people with disabilities related to mental illness, as well as access to community and inclusion programs,» said Commissioner Fitzgerald.
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