‘Not the NDIS we fought for’: disability advocates fear new assessments driven by cost cutting | National disability insurance scheme | The Guardian

Top disability advocates say a government plan to introduce “independent assessments” to the NDIS is aimed at cutting costs and will “fundamentally alter” the landmark scheme.

A coalition of 20 disability advocacy groups and a peak body for service providers have added their voice to growing opposition to the new policy, which means NDIS applicants will undergo a free but mandatory assessment by a government-contracted allied health professional.

Under the current process, applicants submit evidence from experts, including their specialists, but the government argues this has led to inconsistent funding outcomes and that obtaining the reports can be [...]

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