Editors Note: This article was written with the Queensland rollout in mind but the lessons apply equally Australia wide. What do you think of the decisions from the AAT? Do you think they should have been decided differently? What impact will these decisions have on full scheme rollout?
Many Queensland consumers and organisations are continuing to grapple with understanding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) without knowing exactly how the scheme will work and operate in Queensland. Good guidance on the NDIS can be obtained from looking at some cases heard by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal during 2015.
Case 1: The Fear Decision
This case involved a man, Mr Fear, who had been critically injured in a car accident at the age of 17. Mr Fear was now 35 years of age and required almost constant care due to his injuries. Mr Fear qualified to participate in the NDIS and there was no doubt that he required extensive care. What was in dispute was whether certain disability support items should be funded under the NDIS or were better funded under general health systems available to the public.
This article comes from law firm MacDonnells Law in Queensland. You can read the full article here.