New tendering process for NDIS community partners

By Tom Ravlic

March 17, 2022

Linda Reynolds
NDIS minister Linda Reynolds. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

The federal government has kicked off a tendering process to get new community partners that will deliver services within 74 areas as a part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

This tender process, which is for five-year contracts for service provision that start in July 2023, is a part of the Partners in the Community (PITC) program and interested parties can tender via the AusTender site.

Providers of services under the program are a primary contact for people participating in the NDIS but those providers also provide a link between the participant to community and mainstream services.

Senator Linda Reynolds, the minister for the NDIS, said that the government has listened to NDIS participants and their representatives about making improvements to the scheme.

She said that the government has transitioned more than 500,000 Australians into the NDIS over eight years.

“With the NDIS fully funded and now transforming the lives of so many Australians with a significant and permanent disability, my, and the Morrison government’s, focus is on maturing and improving how the NDIS supports participants and the sector,” Reynolds said.

“The Morrison Government has worked hard to deliver record NDIS funding of $142 billion over the next four years, compared to $8 billion a year for disability support when we came to office.”

Reynolds said that she and the National Disability Insurance Agency have consulted with the disability sector to determine what their needs and vision are for the NDIS.

“As a consequence of this engagement, the NDIA will refocus the PITC Program to ensure these organisations are truly part of a participant and non-participants trusted network in their community, the sharing of information and resources, and connect them to services to pursue their goals,” Reynolds said.

“The future PITC Program will dedicate more time to the delivery of early supports for children, plan implementation support for individuals and their families or carers, and activities to facilitate greater community inclusion.”


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