Engagement and Solution Project

DANA was funded by the Australian Government to engage with advocates, people with disability and experts as part of the independent NDIS Review.

An Engagement and Solution Project ran from May to August 2023, however this work partnered with years of engagement between DANA and disability advocates around the country about the problems and gaps in the area of safeguarding and quality.

The project focused on the following areas:

  • Fires, floods and COVID-19
  • Quality and Safety
  • Mainstream and Tier 2
  • Supported Decision Making

The Project

The objective of DANA’s Engagement and Solutions Project was to develop a range of proactive, evidence-based solutions to present to the NDIS Review and included:

  • Discussion papers by experts on 4 focus areas
  • Online forums with 74 attendances including 58 advocates from 38 organisations
  • Short surveys to advocates and people with disability with 175 responses
  • Small grants for 6 member organisations to engage in closed settings
  • Summary reports with key themes and headline solutions on each focus area

Summary Reports

Summary reports were informed by engagements and presented key themes and headline solutions for each of the four focus areas, including:

  • Key problems and solutions identified by discussion papers
  • Summaries of survey responses
  • Lessons from engagement, including examples and Illustrative quotes
  • Proactive solutions to improve the NDIS

Read the Final Summary Report by clicking below:

Fires, Floods and COVID-19 

Quality and Safety

Mainstream and Tier 2

Supported Decision Making

Read the Discussion Papers

DANA commissioned a series of short discussion papers to explore possibilities for focus group and survey input. The discussion papers were authored by experts and advocates in the disability field. Each discussion paper was published to the NDIS Review section of the DANA website and emailed directly to DANA member organisations. 

Fires, Floods and COVID-19 by Elly Desmarchelier, disability rights advocate, speaker, and writer.

Published on 13 July 2023  

Quality and Safety by Laura Davy and Molly Saunders, academics and researchers at Australian National University (ANU)

Published on 13 July 2023  

Mainstream and Tier 2 by Dr. Sue Olney, Associate Professor at University of Melbourne (UoM)

Published on 2 August 2023  

Supported Decision Making for Advocates by Kevin Stone, previous CEO of VALID, and advocacy trainer

Published on 9 August 2023  

This project was completed in September 2023.