The National Disability Insurance Agency’s NDIS participant numbers for the Western District LAC show large volatility. Tracking a similar path to the Ovens Murray numbers, the NDIA has put the Western District NDIS participant numbers peaking at over +200% above average in the second quarter from launch (Q7).
Like Ovens Murray, the Western District participant numbers then fall dramatically from their +200% high to more than -80% below average for two quarters. The NDIA’s numbers then build the Western District over two quarters for a second peak in Q11 of +21% above average, before dropping off to close the contract with Victoria’s lowest -88% below average in the final April-June quarter of 2019.
As with other regions, this wild fluctuation in the NDIA’s numbers will make this a challenge for the chosen Local Area Coordination Partner to staff effectively. As a service, the quality of staffing is critical to effective delivery. This challenge in staffing erratic workloads from quarter to quarter is likely to have an impact on NDIS participants.
The NDIA’s tender documents do not permit potential LACs from making their applications conditional on being appointed to multiple regions. This limits the possibility of an LAC being able to offset the major Q8-Q9 drops for Western District and/or Ovens Murray with the above average numbers for in the Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne regions during the same period.
This analysis is provided for CareNavigator.com.au by The Healthy Organisation