Introduction

Performance statements authority

I, Helen Nugent, as Chairman of the accountable authority of the National Disability Insurance Agency, present the 2016–17 annual performance statements of the National Disability Insurance Agency, as required under paragraph 39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ( Act) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). In my opinion, these annual performance statements are based on properly maintained records, accurately reflect the performance of the entity, and comply with subsection 39(2) of the  Act.

Dr Helen Nugent 

Performance statement

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA or Agency) mission is to build and manage a world leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS or Scheme) for all Australians. Its vision is to optimise social and economic independence and participation for people with disability.

The past year has been one of rapid change and expansion. More than 90,000 Australians with disability now have an approved NDIS plan16. The challenges inherent in the sheer size and pace of transition have resulted in a participant and provider experience that is not consistent with the high standards to which the NDIA aspires. As acknowledged earlier in this Annual Report, the NDIA has learnt from these challenges and is well advanced in redesigning the participant and provider pathway, following extensive consultation with key stakeholders. While high-level agreement now exists on the proposed pathways, further discussions on the detail will occur before the revised pathways are finalised.

These statements provide information on how the NDIA has performed against the goals outlined in its 2016-21 Corporate Plan.17 The period covered by these statements is 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The Corporate Plan sets three goals for the Scheme:

  • Goal 1 – People with disability are in control and have choices consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Goal 2 – The National Disability Insurance Scheme is financially sustainable and governed using insurance principles.
  • Goal 3 – The community has ownership, confidence and pride in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Each goal is to be achieved through three corresponding strategies. In turn, each strategy is implemented through a number of activities as listed in the Corporate Plan.

These annual performance statements provide performance information for the past year against each of the Corporate Plan’s goals and strategies. In addition, the Public Governance, Performance Accountability Rule 2014 ( Rule)18 requires the NDIA to report on its performance against the single outcome19 (and three associated programs)20 in the Portfolio Budget Statement 2016-17 for the Social Services portfolio (PB Statements). Reporting on these programs is integrated throughout the Performance Statements under the relevant goals or strategies.

In 2016-17, the first year of transition to full Scheme, the NDIA has collected baseline data using the NDIS Outcomes Framework – the Agency’s mechanism for measuring success for people with disability in areas like choice and control, social inclusion, education, employment, health and housing. At this stage, only cross-sectional (baseline) analysis is possible since longitudinal data is yet to be captured. When the Scheme operates for a longer period, long-term data will provide the ability to measure and report at a more granular level.

16. As at 30 June 2017, the NDIS has 90,638 participants with an approved plan and a further 6,134 children supported in the  approach. Back to footnote

17. In relation to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 ( Rule), the “purpose” of the NDIA is expressed through the mission, vision and three goals identified in the NDIA Corporate Plan 2016-21 on page 8 and pages 17-19. Back to footnote

18. Section 16F of the  Rule requires the NDIA to report its performance in accordance with the methods of measuring and assessing set out
in its Corporate Plan and the Department of Social Services Portfolio Budget Statements, 2016-­17 (2016-17 PB Statements). Back to footnote

19. The single outcome (referred to as “Outcome 1”) is ‘to implement a NDIS that provides individual control and choice in the delivery of reasonable and necessary care and supports to improve the independence, social and economic participation of eligible people with disability, their families and carers, and associated referral services and activities’, 2016-17 PB Statements, page 151. Back to footnote

20. These programs are: Program 1.1 (Reasonable and necessary care and support for participants), Program 1.2 (Community inclusion and capacity development grants), and Program 1.3 (Agency Costs). Back to footnote