Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin.
Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin. Jen Tybell

Jenny Macklin introduces amendments to NDIS

DISABLED people will not be forced off the National Disability Insurance Scheme when they turn 65, under new changes to the scheme introduced in parliament on Wednesday.

Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin introduced the amendments after community consultations revealed concerns about seniors being moved on to aged care payments when they turned 65.

The changes also include a clause to ensure Australia's international obligations on the treatment of disabled people are met.

And under a more controversial amendment, the proposed NDIS launch transition agency will be able to pursue legal action on behalf of a disabled person, even if they choose not to themselves.

The Federal Government will also create a division within the Administrative Appeals Tribunal specifically for the NDIS with an independent panel to review the scheme's merits.

All of the changes introduced on Wednesday will also be reviewed in two years.