The Minister for the NDIS, Hon. Bill Shorten MP, has today (Tuesday 18 October) announced an independent review into the NDIS which will review the design, operation and sustainability of the NDIS. The Review was a key election promise made by the current government. 

The review will be undertaken in two parts:

Part1: Examine the design, operation and sustainability of the NDIS.

Part 2: Analyse ways to build a more responsive, supportive and sustainable market and workforce. 

The Independant Review Panel comprises Co-Chairs Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM and Lisa Paul AO PSM who will lead Part 1 and Part 2 of the Review respectively. The Review Panel members are:

  • Mr Kevin Cocks AM
  • Ms Judy Brewer AO
  • Dr Stephen King
  • Mr Dougie Herd
  • Ms Kirsten Deane OAM

DIA would like to make a special mention of the appointment of former DIA Board Member Mr Dougie Herd to the Independant Review Panel. Dougie will bring invaluable personal and professional knowledge and experiences of the NDIS to the Review. 

The minister has invited all NDIS stakeholders to be involved in the Review so that “effective and practical outcomes” can be delivered. As more information is released, DIA will communicate with our Members so that the voice of the Intermediary sector is strongly represented.

Minister Shorten has indicated that the final report will be completed by no later than October 2023, however as consensus emerges on reforms required these will be implemented before the final report is released.

More information can be found at the Review’s website: Building a strong, more effective NDIS | NDIS Review

The Minister and the Co-Chairs are conducting a free and open webinar on Thursday 20 October at 4.30pm (AEDT) which will provide more details about the Review and how stakeholders can be involved. The webinar can be accessed from the start time via the Review website: Live Webinar | NDIS Review

DIA welcomes the Independant Review into the NDIS and looks forward to playing an active part throughout the process.   



DIA is a members-based organisation. We are only able to do the work that we do because of the ongoing support of our members. Thank you to all DIA members that continue to support the work we do. If your a provider delivering Support Coordination or Plan Management are not yet a member, you should consider joining.