Gemma is a Research Fellow with the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet). She holds a PhD in social policy and population health from the University of Melbourne.
Gemma Carey and Mark Mathews have featured in an article in The Mandarin looking at the case-study of the NDIS. The article draws on Carey and Mathews’ recent working paper on building adaptive management into the NDIS from the start as a key way to keep the NDIS effective and to avoid a compliance-driven model.
“There can be a fear of being experimental,” thinks Carey. “We tend to select instruments and stick with them and don’t adapt when there are problems”.
“Let’s not go down that path with the NDIS. What if we were to put in place a structure that can adapt and learn? No one should be expected to nail this out of the gate. Instead, we could take risk earlier in the process, rather than then trying to manage risk in terms of fraud down the track.”