This audit would examine the effectiveness and value for money of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) procurement and contract management arrangements for community partnerships.

The operating model for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) includes outsourcing of some NDIA functions through the Partners in the Community Program. This includes the provision of information, linkages and capacity building to the community and broader services to people with disability, pre-planning engagement, data collection and planning discussions with NDIS participants, and plan implementation.

As of 2017–18, there were 24 community partners delivering services across 62 service delivery areas. Expenditure on the Partners in the Community Program was $288.8 million in 2017–18, up from $125.7 million in 2016–17. This expenditure will grow as the scheme continues to expand.