A National Disability Insurance Scheme: what social work has to offer

Barbara Fawcett, Debbie Plath

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This paper appraises key features of the recently proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia and explores underpinning conceptualisations of ‘disability’, ‘autonomy’, ‘choice’ and ‘assessment’. In particular, it examines the ways in which the Scheme reconfigures a continuation of individualised payments and care package policies. These proposals can be seen to have international significance in terms of how new policy is formulated and also implemented in this controversial field. It is argued that, by utilising embedded human rights perspectives, social work practice principles and social model understandings of disability, social workers can play a crucial role in reframing the opportunities presented by key policy changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-762
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number3
Early online date7 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014


  • disability
  • social constructionism
  • insurance
  • self-determination
  • choice


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