The current assistive technology funding gap
Funding for assistive technology for people who are excluded from the NDIS is spread across multiple state and federal government departments and not-for-profits. This makes it hard for people to know where to go to access the assistive technology they need. Check out the funding map that’s been developed by the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association to see just how confusing things are.
Unfortunately, confusion isn’t the only issue.
None of the funding pathways outside the NDIS currently provide people with appropriate access to the assistive technology they need.
Long waiting lists and high costs mean that people are forced to:
- go without the assistive technology they need
- self-fund assistive technology, often at significant personal cost
- go without other supports they need so they can cover the cost of their assistive technology
- use outdated or inappropriate aids which do not meet their personal needs
- go without individual therapist support and advice, equipment trials and demonstrations—this may mean they end up with assistive technology that does not meet their needs
- go without training to enable them to gain the maximum benefit from their assistive technology.
A woman with a walker looks across a trench representing assistive technology funding gap, to a sign that says ‘needs met’.
The main funding pathways that were promised to provide support to people with disability who are excluded from the NDIS are set out under the following links. Follow these links to find out how each system is falling short of peoples needs.