The NDIS independent evaluation’s Intermediate Report has explored several aspects of the Scheme’s roll out in the trial areas. This talk will begin with a brief update on the evaluation’s development of a major national integrated data base on the NDIS. It will then focus on those findings from the Intermediate Report that are related to changes in social, economic and educational participation, including the employment of people with disability, their families and carers, following the introduction of the NDIS.

Professor Kostas Mavromaras

Professor of Economics and Director National Institute of Labour Studies
Flinders University

Kostas has been the Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) since 2009. His first Australian employment was at the Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne, as the Head of the Labour Economics and Social Policy area from 2005 to 2009. Kostas worked previously in the UK at the Universities of Aberdeen and Newcastle upon Tyne. He has a DPhil in Economics from the University of York in the UK. He specialises in evidence-based economic and social policy studies with specific reference to employment, education, skills, workforces, health, and data, and consults and publishes widely, nationally and internationally, in these research areas.

Kostas is the Chief Investigator of the NDIS trial evaluation, a project commissioned by the Department of Social Services which started in May 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The NDIS trial evaluation has been conducting a set of major independent data collections, the analysis of which will help assess the impact of the NDIS on (i) people with disability and their families and carers, (ii) on the disability sector and its workforces, (iii) on selected mainstream providers and services, and (iv) on selected stakeholders and the wider community. The evaluation has already produced an initial and an intermediate report published by the Department of Social Services.

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