A national project reporting on transition rates for Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) clients into the NDIS has released its first interim update.
Community Mental Health Australia and the University of Sydney have joined together for this project, which will collate national data on transition rates of clients across the three programs to show rates of eligibility for the NDIS, the number of clients not applying for the NDIS and the reasons why individuals are deciding not to apply.
The data from phase one of the project shows 54% of PIR clients have or are currently applying for the NDIS. This number drops to 50% for D2DL clients and just 21% for PHaMs clients.
For PIR, 60% of people who applied had been found eligible for NDIS, 28% had been found ineligible and 12% were still waiting for an outcome. The Queensland specific data for PIR eligibility rates largely mirrors the national results.
The interim report also collected data on the main reasons individuals were not applying, which included disengagement and clients not wanting to.
This is an important project which will help to ensure real and accurate data about the transition to the NDIS is available, so that policy and funding decisions can be made in line with what is occurring on the ground. It will also help to ensure reallocations of funding do not occur in a way that leaves some individuals without the support they need.
The project team is looking to expand the data collected across the three programs for the second phase of the project. Please contact the team at QAMH if you would like to be involved. A big thank you to all Queensland-based organisations who provided input.