On 7 December 2012, COAG reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to a national disability insurance system (NDIS) by signing an intergovernmental agreement for the launch of the NDIS. New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth that confirm operational and financial details for the deployment of the NDIS at each launch point. For its launch in July 2013, bilateral information on the inclusion of participants and the balance of cash and in-kind contributions to the program was agreed between the Commonwealth and New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. These details are annexes to bilateral agreements with each of these jurisdictions. Another annex has been agreed with Victoria, which outlines the labour relations of the DisabilityCare Australia Launch Transition Agency in the Barwon area. In July 2014, it was agreed to launch NDIS trials in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. Bilateral agreements define and define the obligations that require each level of government and the NDIA to operate the program in the best interests of participants and service providers who care for these participants. This is the current responsibility for bilateral agreements between national and federal governments and the NDIA. If service providers are to remain within the information and support solution of the market and the resolution of the day-to-day operational issues of transition and operation within the system, they should be funded for the delivery of this service. The agreement reflects the joint responsibility of the two governments in the national disability insurance system and provides that both governments can make pre-program contributions. There is no doubt that the NDIS has become a disruptor on an almost unimaginable scale; of us all, to become diverse. No longer only the funder, nor the service providers are no longer just the provider, nor the subscribers only the consumer.
The way we have operated before and the way we need to operate as a service sector today has changed forever. Reproduced by CEO One2One – a monthly newsletter ECIA VIC/TAS eBlast (initially distributed on 30/08/2018): Despite its size, the harsh reality of the current state of the system for service providers is that for a lucky few, the program works well, but for the majority it has become a shift towards possible market failures. After all, it was the best practice of these service providers in the world that first informed the ECI standards for the NDIS… And not the other way around. If, over the past decade, the Victorian government`s truly exceptional investments in early childhood interventions (and several other states) are not lost, but they need to be developed by the NDIS, a strategy must be developed and implemented that is consistent with further capacity building, development and support for the ICE sector under the current NDIS ECEI strategies.