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Choice, Control and the NDIS

To what extent is the National Disability Insurance Scheme achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability?

Helen DickinsonDeborah Warr,  Sue OlneyAnna Arstein-KerslakeErin Wilson, Jen Hargrave, Amber Karanikolas, Vasiliky Kasidis, Georgia Katsikis, Jasmine Ozge, Dave Peters, Jacinta Wheeler and Michelle Wilcox

This project explored the degree to which the National Disability Insurance Scheme is achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability using these services. Introduced in 2013, the NDIS is the most significant reform of disability services in Australia in a generation.

The scheme aims to increase both the funding available for disability services and the control that people living with disabilities have over the design and delivery of their care. It does this, in part, by handing greater control over care budgets to people with disabilities and their families so that services might be designed and delivered in a way that better meets their needs. The research process involved community researchers with disabilities working with university-based experts which improved the quality of the project and our ability to collect and analyse evidence effectively.

Funded by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute 


Warr D, Dickinson H, Olney S, Hargrave J, Karanikolas A, Kasidis V, Katsikis G, Ozge J, Peters D, Wheeler J, Wilcox M, 2017, Choice, control and the NDIS: Service users’ perspectives on having choice and control in the new National Disability Insurance Scheme, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

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