NDIS or not NDIS? Whose responsibility is it anyway?

Discussions continue around the complexity of so-called “mainstream” interfaces with the NDIS. Social media is alive with discussions about who should have responsibility for all kinds of services under all kinds of situations.

It is not widely known, but all of the states and the NDIA have agreed clear guidelines of where funding responsibility sits. This agreement has been formalised in a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Agreement:

“Principles to determine the responsibilities of the NDIS and other service systems”

This agreement should be essential reading for all Support Coordinators and Planners. It provides 6 General Principles covering:
•    The rights of people with disability to access the same services as all Australians, 
•    NDIS funding of personalised supports related to the disability, unless those supports are part of another service system’s service obligation,
•    Transparency and integrity of government appropriations, 
•    A nationally consistent approach to the NDIS, 
•    Governments to have regard to system efficiency, and
•    Seamless transitions and interactions for participants.

The agreement also outlines applied principles for all other service systems being: 
1. Health                                                   7. Employment
2. Mental health                                       8. Housing and community infrastructure
3. Early childhood development             9. Transport
4. Child protection and family support  10. Justice
5. School education                                 11. Aged care
6. Higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Finally, there is also a table of specific activities funded by the NDIS and each of the other systems.

I imagine there may still be situations not addressed by the agreement but it certainly provides great clarity and a clear framework for decision making. 

Read the document here.

Sule Campbell