The primary outcome, or Outcome 1 for the National Disability Insurance Agency (the Agency) is:
To implement a National Disability Insurance Scheme 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.
Outcome 1 strategy overview
The Agency was committed to working closely with the Commonwealth and the states and territories to ensure the successful implementation of the final year of the trial phase of the Scheme in 2015-16. When full national rollout of the Scheme is implemented, it is expected to cost around $22 billion, of which around half will be funded by the Australian Government, with the remaining funding to be provided by the states and territories.
The Agency has been focused on continuing to build its capability to ensure that it is ready to transition to full Scheme from July 2016 and begin rolling out across Australia once the trial phase is complete.
One example over 2015-16 has been to develop an Information and Communications Technology platform for the Agency to eventually be integrated into all aspects of the Agency’s business. It has been critical to enabling the Agency to meet the timeframe for the full rollout of the Scheme that has been agreed between the Commonwealth and the states and territories.
The Agency values the lessons that have been learned during the trial phase and will continue to make improvements in response to Scheme experience to ensure that the Agency’s operating model is fit for purpose and scalable for full Scheme.
The Agency will also continue to work closely with all governments to lay the foundations for the Scheme including through the development of operational plans as each jurisdiction transitions to full Scheme.
In this annual report for 2015-16, the programs that will be reported on are:
Reasonable and necessary care and support for participants
Community inclusion and capacity development grants
The following analysis of these programs is based on the Australian Government Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS) 2015-16. The PBS included changes to the reporting requirements of the Agency for the programs, to better reflect the context of the Agency in the final year of trial.
Also, from 1 July 2015, performance reporting requirements in the PBS sit alongside those required under the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework.
For the first time the performance criteria (or activities that sit under specific programs designed to measure success) described in the PBS will be read with broader information and goals provided in the Agency’s Corporate Plan 2015-19. This details the Agency’s complete performance story. For this reason, some of the measures against goals and programs, which do share parallel measures, are detailed in both areas.
The success of the Agency’s performance in delivering the Scheme can broadly be measured against three main goals:
The Scheme is financially sustainable and governed using insurance principles
People with disability are in control and have choices, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Community satisfaction. The community has ownership, confidence and pride in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Disability Insurance Agency
This report will first explore the status of success for the Agency over 2015-16 within the three programs, followed by reports on the three goals discussed above.