Insights from the NDIS Review Panel

In a dynamic move aimed at revolutionising disability support, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Review panel recently convened in Newcastle to discuss transformative changes.

Led by Professor Bruce Bonyhady, co-chair of the panel, these discussions have the potential to reshape the landscape of disability support in Australia.

In this blog post, we look into the key takeaways from the discussions and explore the proposed reforms that could profoundly impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.


Tackling Rising Costs and Ensuring Sustainability

Professor Bruce Bonyhady emerged as a leading advocate for confronting the issue of rising costs in disability support. With unwavering determination, he highlighted the urgent need for substantial shifts in the current system.

While optimism about improvements is palpable, there’s also a recognition of the challenges ahead. The discussions underscored the long-term implications of these changes, emphasising their potential influence on future generations.

Scrapping the 3-Tiered System

One of the most remarkable proposals to emerge from the NDIS Review panel is the consideration of scrapping the existing 3-tiered system.

If implemented, this could mark a historic turning point in the history of the NDIS. The move reflects a commitment to simplifying and streamlining the support process, potentially offering more consistency and equitable access to services for all participants.

Addressing Ambiguities through Strategic Changes

A core focus of the proposed reforms is to provide foundational support for all participants. Central to this effort is clarifying the concept of ‘reasonable and necessary’ support.

The discussions revolved around strategies to resolve the ambiguities surrounding this crucial criterion. By providing more straightforward guidelines, the panel aims to ensure that participants receive the support they need.

Elevating Early Childhood Intervention

With a significant proportion of children facing various challenges, early childhood intervention has taken center stage in the discussions. The panel highlighted the urgency of reevaluating current practices to better cater to the needs of these young participants.

The potential to reshape early intervention services holds promise for improving outcomes and setting a positive trajectory for the future.

Investing in Sustainability and Quality

A recurring theme throughout the discussions was the imperative of investing in the NDIS’s long-term sustainability. The panel proposed market reforms to enhance the quality of services and overall outcomes.

By advocating for these changes, the NDIS aims to balance fiscal responsibility and deliver effective, high-quality support to participants.

Empowering a Prepared Workforce

To ensure the seamless implementation of the proposed reforms, the review panel put forth the concept of micro-credentials and portable training.

This visionary approach seeks to nurture a well-prepared workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to provide optimal support. The emphasis on ongoing professional development highlights the commitment to excellence in disability support services.

Addressing the Unregistered Provider Market

In the rapidly growing landscape of unregistered disability service providers, ensuring quality and safeguards becomes paramount. The discussions recognised the need for a comprehensive oversight system covering registered and unregistered providers.

The NDIS aims to enhance participant safety and service consistency by establishing rigorous quality assurance mechanisms.


The discussions held by the NDIS Review panel in Newcastle have ignited the prospect of transformative changes in the realm of disability support.

With Professor Bruce Bonyhady’s leadership and a strong commitment to addressing challenges head-on, the proposed reforms offer a glimpse into a future where the NDIS is more accessible, efficient, and impactful than ever before.

As these changes unfold, it’s evident that the NDIS’s evolution has the potential to shape the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families for generations to come.

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