Everything you need to know about the new NDIS Independent Assessments

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As you may be aware, there are big changes on the horizon for the NDIS assessment. The key changes to the current NDIS Assessments will begin to roll out in mid 2021 by introducing new independent assessments for all NDIS participants aged 7 and over.

Whilst the Australian Government have received a lot of backlash due to the changes, they continue to argue that the new independent assessments will:

  • Make the assessment process fairer
  • Focus on function rather than diagnosis
  • Attempt to save you time and money
  • Mean that you are no longer required to organise or collect evidence to show the impact of your disability.

The new independent assessment process will capture the key information needed to create your new NDIS budget and plan, so it is imperative that you go into the assessment full of knowledge to get the best possible outcome for you and your families.

Below we have listed the key facts and key dates you need to know regarding the new NDIS independent assessment process.


  • Your independent assessment will focus on your capability, rather than your disability, ultimately what you can and cannot do in everyday life.
  • An independent assessment will take around 3 hours from start to finish.
  • Independent assessors are qualified health care professionals, not NDIA employees. 
  • All independent assessments are free.
  • You can choose to have the assessment take place at a location that suits you, or by video call. If you are most comfortable in your own home, we suggest having the assessment take place in your home.
  • The results of your assessment will help the Government work out your new NDIS supports and budget.
  • You can have someone with you when you do your assessment, like a family member or support worker. 
  • The assessor will ask you a series of questions about your life and what matters to you and ask to see how you approach some everyday tasks. They will work through some standardised assessment tools with you, based on your age or disability. 
  • The results of your independent assessment will be sent to NDIA when it is completed and will be used to identify possible supports and your new NDIS budget.
  • You can request a copy of your independent assessment for your records.

  • Mid 2021: independent assessments will be required as part of the access process.
  • By the end of 2021: independent assessments will be required as part of the plan review process. This is part of a new approach to planning that will mean plan reviews are based on life stages, instead of a year or two.

The introduction of the new independent assessment could potentially mean big changes for you and your family and we want to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the new individual assessment process, get in touch with the best NDIS plan managers in Brisbane today. We will happily answer any NDIS Plan Management questions for you. Contact us today or call 1300 MYPLAN.