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Mind the gap: The NDIS and psychosocial disability

Jennifer Smith-MerryNicola HancockJohn GilroyGwynnyth LlewellynIvy Yen

The NDIS has the potential to provide significant positive benefits for people with psychosocial disability.

However, the Sydney University Centre for Disability Research and Policy has published a report which finds that the participation of people with psychosocial disability in the NDIS is low, and that there are gaps in the implementation of the Scheme for this group.

The latest NDIA figures show that only 6.4 per cent of Scheme participants have a primary psychosocial disability. This is less than half the expected number. These figures reinforce that people with psychosocial disability are missing out.

This report draws on the great wealth of knowledge held by service providers currently providing community-based supports for people with psychosocial disability across Australia. It uses this knowledge to reveal gaps in the Scheme. Many of the gaps identified are not new and have been raised by peak bodies and in inquiries by the Commonwealth’s Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS and the Productivity Commission. The authors propose solutions as identified by consumers, carers and practitioners from the field.

Access the report here.

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Publication type : Research Story

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