The project is preliminary research to explore the conditions and resources helpful to NDIS package self-management in the interests of the person with disability. It looks at current conditions in Australia that help or lessen against NDIS self-management and what other resources look promising for including people traditionally left behind in the all or nothing approach to self-management. 

The research questions are: 

  • What is the experience of self-management of NDIS packages by people with disability? 
  • What conditions have contributed to building the proportion of people using self-management?  
  • What resources show promise to include people usually excluded from self-management, such as people with cognitive and psychosocial disability? 

The methods include: 

  • secondary analysis of NDIS quarterly data on rates of self-management (characteristics of participants and packages)  

  • case studies of self-managers selected to explore conditions of people usually excluded from self-management 

  • public workshops inviting people to contribute experiences and ideas about promising resources to support self-management. 

Please contact the researchers if you would like to participate.

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme: People who self manage their NDIS plan

    About this report: The NDIS encourages people to manage their own plans, yet our recent analysis shows that less than a third of people have taken up this opportunity. There was considerable variation in self-management by age, location and disability group, and differences between fully or partly self-managed plans. 

    • Children’s plans were self-managed more often than adults’ plans 
    • The NDIS disability groups who did most self-management were: autism, spinal cord injury, global developmental delay, hearing and other sensory/speech impairment, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other physical disability 
    • The ACT had the highest percentage of self-managed plans and the NT had the lowest
    • Almost half of all fully self-managed plans were managed by parents of children with autism
    • The budgets for self-managed plans are much lower than for other plans. 
  • UNSW Disability Innovation Institute

    • Sally Robinson, Flinders University

    • Frances Quan Farrant, People With Disability Australia

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