The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way disability services are delivered in Victoria.
The Victorian disability advocacy sector has been advising that the NDIS has led to a range of flow-on effects for their sector – including increased demand – which impacts their ability to be responsive to people with a disability, carers and families.
The Office for Disability at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has funded research to explore these issues in more detail.
FSSI is undertaking research to provide the Victorian Government with robust evidence of the impact of the NDIS on Victorian disability advocacy and self-advocacy organisations by:
- Describing the capability and capacity of Victorian advocacy organisations in responding to increased demand and exploring the boundaries between their roles and those of NDIS Local Area Coordination, and support coordination
- Exploring how this is playing out in practice, with a focus on the current lived experience of Victorian advocacy and self-advocacy organisations.
- Identifying the factors that are generating current demand for advocacy and/or impacting organisations’ demand management
FSSI will produce recommendations for NDIA, Commonwealth and Victorian Governments and the Victorian disability advocacy sector to address systemic issues identified in the research, including recommendations to address demand drivers.
As part of this project, FSSI will also provide research findings to the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) and the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU), to support the development of resources and tools for advocacy and self-advocacy organisations to alleviate pressure arising from increased NDIS related activities.
Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) and Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)