Resources

DSP Help

Access to stable, adequate income support can represent a significant improvement to the quality of life of vulnerable Australians. The DSP provides income support for people who cannot work due to permanent illness, injury, or disability, but getting it is challenging. DSP eligibility criteria is complex and success often depends on the quality of supporting medical evidence.

The DSP Help resource aims to help DSP applicants and the people who support them understand what is required, how to get suitable medical evidence, and how to approach an application.

The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns

As the Victorian COVID-19 situation worsens and ‘a state of disaster’ is declared, children and adults with disability need to be a primary focus of government. We have already seen infections in group homes for people with disability, and significant impacts on their access to services and children’s right to education.

As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks. As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks.

Disability Support Workers: The forgotten workforce in COVID-19

This report describes the findings from a national survey of 357 disability support workers conducted online between May and June 2020.

COVID-19 really emphasised in my mind how overlooked the disability sector is. At the beginning the government kept talking about health care workers and nursing homes but I never heard any mention of disability. It left us in unknown territory and felt like we had just been forgotten

Disability not included in the16 new Closing the Gap targets

In an historic new partnership between government and indigenous organisations, the Closing the Gap program is undergoing a major reset. A key Indigenous group is disappointed that disability has not been included in the 16 new Closing the Gap targets. While disability is a significant issue in health, education, justice and employment, it hasn’t been included as a target.

Statement – Disability Ministers Meeting 24 July 2020

Progress on the national demand and gap analysis of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports being led by the Commonwealth was discussed, and reports of increasing demand for advocacy services. Findings of this analysis will inform discussions on future arrangements for the funding of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports.

Police fined but spared conviction over assault of disability pensioner

Three police officers who assaulted a disability pensioner on his front lawn after they attended his home for a welfare check have been spared jail. Senior constables Brad McLeod, John Edney and Florian Hilgart were found guilty last Friday of a combined six charges over their use of force against the pensioner, John, outside his Preston home on September 19, 2017.

NDIS makes it easier for participants to get face masks

National Disability Insurance Scheme participants in New South Wales and Victoria who rely on face-to-face supports will now be able to use NDIS funding to buy masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), the federal government has announced. 

NDIS claims tender: Will government back local tech?

A group of local fintechs is preparing to line-up against global technology giants and big banks in a beauty parade for the federal government’s new digital claims and payments system for the $20 billion-plus National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Pain Week 2020:  Featured resources about chronic pain

The resources provide information about what chronic pain is, the lived experience of people living with chronic pain, and  insight into what a day in their life is like. There is also information for people caring for family members or friends living with chronic pain and factsheets available to help people manage their chronic pain. Also featured is the ‘Faces of Pain’ video series.

Information Officer

Closing date: August 10, 2020

This is a part-time position to support The CP Info Project team to review and evaluate established information resources, particularly online, that are designed to help people with cerebral palsy and their families make decision about services and supports. The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses research and evaluation experience and skills (communication, community education type roles, developing information resources, managing, or producing content for websites). Experience in communication and information provision for people with a disability is highly desirable.