On 23 February 2017 the NSW Audit Office report- ‘Building the readiness of the non-government sector for the NDIS’ was published.
The report found that FACS had effectively expanded the overall capacity of the non-government disability sector in preparation for the NDIS. The report’s findings are a testament to the sustained, collaborative effort and investment in NSW in the disability sector over the past 10 years.
FACS is committed to implementing all four recommendations of the report. The report outlined the following recommendations:
- Work with the Australian Government, NDIA and other NSW Government agencies to identify gaps and develop the capacity of specialist clinical services, focusing on regional and rural areas.
- Continue to implement projects to increase the number of organisations that can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
- Target remaining capability building assistance to less prepared providers, including via one-to-one support and mentoring in identified areas of weakness.
- Continue working with the Australian Government and the NDIA to ensure lessons from sector capability programs are shared.
FACS’ formal response to the report and more information on how the recommendations will be addressed, can be found at http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/latest-reports/building-readiness-ndis.
FACS will continue to work in partnership with the Commonwealth and the NDIA throughout the remainder of the NDIS transition period.