The self-management of NDIS funds by participants does, and can, have significant value in achieving the objectives of the Scheme beyond a rights-based perspective. The self-management of funds can:
- empower and give independence to participants;
- facilitate innovative support solutions for participants and their families;
- improve participant and family outcomes;
- increase value for money purchasing;
- contribute to the sustainability of the Scheme;
- positively disrupt the disability support market;
- facilitate fiscally sound decision-making by the participant and reduce support needs over a lifetime; and
- transcend crisis-driven disability service systems by rewarding initiative and future planning.
The Agency has established a dedicated Self-Management Project to ensure a ‘whole of NDIA’ approach to increasing self-management of Scheme funds.
At 30 June 2017, 16 per cent of participants fully or partly self-managing their supports.
Table 1: Distribution of active participants by method of financial plan management at 30 June 2017 10, 11
The Independent Advisory Council () are actively promoting the value of self-management through the establishment of a working group in late 2016.
All-day workshops in Melbourne on 3 November 2016 and 6 June 2017 included people with a lived experience of self-management (either through the NDIS or similar state and territory schemes), international expert Dr Sam Bennet, staff representatives, the, organisations supporting self-management such as the Community Disability Alliance Hunter ( ) and the Growing Space.
10. Participants can use more than one method to manage their funding. This table is a hierarchy therefore each participant is only captured once. The hierarchy is: (1) self-managed fully, (2) self-managed partly (regardless of other methods being used), (3) anyone who does not fall into ‘self-managed partly’ and has a plan manager, and (4) anyone else. Back to reference
11. Trial participants are not included. Back to reference