NDIA Pandemic Plan

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Dear National Disability Insurance Agency,

Please provide a copy of the current NDIA Pandemic Plan and all prior versions. That is, all pandemic plans created by the NDIA since 2013 until Jun 21.

Context:

The NDIS identified around 62,000 participants as being at higher risk [13] during the initial phase of the pandemic on Australia’s east coast, with acknowledgement that NDIS participants receiving face-to-face supports may be at higher risk of transmission [14]. In particular, more than 7,000 high-risk NDIS participants in Victoria, including NDIS “participants living in residential aged care facilities “ [15]. As a result, the NDIS identified a likely increase for some products and services [12] across over 260 NDIS providers in Victoria and NSW [16]. This triggered a suite of support and assistance in support of participants.

The NDIS published “..new measures work to identify and give extra support to those people with disability who have complex needs or run a higher risk of infection. ‘The NDIA will be contacting targeted higher risk NDIS participants to ensure these people continue to receive the essential disability related supports they need, while also sharing the same data with states and territories to assist them with their continuity of services,’ Mr Robert said” [9] in addition to stating ongoing support to NDIS participants and families, prioritising high-risk participants [10]. This includes priority home delivery of food and supplies due to high personal health risks [11] due to COVID-19 and state lockdown measures.

Leading up to events, the Department of Health produced the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza in 2014 with the last recorded update in August of 2019 [1]. The Department of Health then produced the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on 18 Feb 20, with the last recorded update 23 Apr 20 [2]. A further specialist plan titled, Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability [3] was published in April 2020, with the last update on 9 October 2020. The Department of Parliamentary Services summarised these plans, in addition to providing further planning advice in the Australian Pandemic Response Planning: A Quick Guide on 28 April 2020 [4]. At a state level, the Victorian State Government released a COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector on 10 Mar 2020 [5], in addition to WorkSafe Victoria’s Planning for a pandemic: a guide for employers [6] related in May 2020. The New South Wales Government’s Department of Health [7] and Safe Work [8} have produced similar guidance specific to their locations, industry and affected citizens.

Yours faithfully,

Shirley

References:

1. Department of Health (2019) Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza, Australian Government. Available at: <https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

2. Department of Health (2020) Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government . Available at: <https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publ...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

3. Department of Health (2020) Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability, Australian Government. Available at: <https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publ...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

4. Department of Parliamentary Services (2020) Australian Pandemic Response Planning: A Quick Guide, Parliament of Australia. Available at: <https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publ...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

5. Vic Health (2020) COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector, Victorian State Government. Available at: <https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/Api/downl...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

6. WorkSafe Victoria (2020) Planning for a pandemic: a guide for employers, Victorian State Government. Available at: <https://content.api.worksafe.vic.gov.au/...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

7. NSW Health (2016) NSW Health Influenza Pandemic Plan, NSW Government. Available at: <https://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/Activ...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

8. Safe Work NSW (2021) Pandemic Plan Advice, NSW Government. Available at: <https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource...>. Accessed [9 Jun 21]

9. NDIS (2020) New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19, Media Release, dated 21 Mar 20. Available at: < https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4659-new-me... > . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

10. NDIS (2020) What is the NDIS doing to help participants? , Media Release. Available at: < https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/part...> . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

11. NDIS (2020) NDIS Participants to receive priority home delivery from leading supermarkets , Media Release, dated 5 Apr 20. Available at: < https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4702-ndis-p...> . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

12. NDIS (2020) Further initiatives to support NDIS participants and providers during coronavirus pandemic , Media Release, dated 27 Apr 20. Available at: < https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4758-furthe... > . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

13. NDIS (2020) Update on NDIA Coronavirus (COVID-19) supports , Media Release, dated 1 May 20. Available at: < https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4769-update... > . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

14. NDIS (2020) Delivering the NDIS during COVID-19: VIC, NSW participants able to claim for PPE , Media Release, dated 29 Jul 20. Available at: <https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5048-delive...> . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

15. NDIS (2020) NDIS update for Victoria , Media Release, dated 11 Aug 20. Available at: <https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5082-ndis-u... > . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

16. NDIS (2020) VIC and NSW Providers to directly claim costs of PPE, Media Release, dated 21 Aug 20. Available at: <https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5082-ndis-u... > . Accessed [9 Jun 21]

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