National Disability Insurance Agency Establishes Autism Advisory Group
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency in charge of implementing the NDIS. The agency will be able to support people with autism better thanks to recent establishment of the Autism Advisory Group. The group will provide fact-based advice and feedback to the NDIA. It reflects the National Disability Insurance Agency’s commitment to working with key stakeholders and experts who support people with autism.
The group will discuss a number of issues including:
- The increased prevalence of autism within the Australian population, as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- The development of a set of best practice diagnostic guidelines. This will be funded by the NDIA, undertaken by Autism CRC and reviewed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
- The relevance of the new PEDI-CAT (ASD) as a functional assessment tool in Australia.
- The NDIA’s proposal for an independent third party to pilot which functional assessment tools are most appropriate in making eligibility assessments for the NDIS.
- Whether functional assessment tools can assist in defining the necessary supports for participants.
- The best approach to delivering autism services for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and children who receive ECEI services, within the context of broader mainstream autism services.
The Autism Advisory Group will include the Co-operative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC), Amaze, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network – Australia and New Zealand (ASAN), Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorder (AABASD) and the Australian Autism Alliance.
The Ministers for the Department of Social Services Website states “The NDIA is committed to ensuring the NDIS is equitable, outcomes focused and, in the interests of all participants, financially sustainable.”