New Autism Advisory Group (AAG)
The Australian Government established the AAG because of its commitment to a collaborative, fact-based approach to autism and the rollout of the NDIS. The AAG includes autism experts, service providers and people with lived experience of autism. The Group will advise the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on autism, and how to deliver the best outcomes for adults and children.
The AAG has set four priorities for the next 12 months:
- Exploring the most appropriate approach for assessing NDIS eligibility and improving outcomes for people with autism,
- Improving the NDIS participant experience for people with autism,
- Enhancing the skills of NDIA staff, Local Area Coordinators and Early Childhood Early Intervention staff, and
- Providing greater mainstream and community inclusion for people with autism.
The AAG will now develop a work plan to guide its priorities and stakeholder engagement program. The Group is comprised of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC), Amaze, Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ), Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders (AABASD) and the Australian Autism Alliance.
The full media release can be found at the following link.