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Two New Reports on the NDIS

Only two-thirds to three-quarters of the money committed to National Disability Insurance Scheme participants is actually being spent, the latest quarterly report on the scheme reveals. The report by the National Disability Insurance Agency says that 119,501 people were being supported by the NDIS at the end of September.

Mental Health Supports in the NDIS: What’s Changing?

The Mental Health system in Australia has often been labelled as complex and difficult to navigate by consumers and health professionals alike. The NDIS and current mental health reforms have only exacerbated this complexity, leaving many asking about what NDIS will and won’t fund and what will happen to the programs it won’t.

Jordon Steele-John bringing lived experience with disability to Parliament in replacing Scott Ludlam

The citizenship saga has cleared the path for the youngest-ever senator, Jordon Steele-John from Western Australia, to enter the Upper House, replacing Greens co-deputy Scott Ludlam. “I’ve spent the last six years talking about youth and disability issues and I’m incredibly excited to take that voice and lived experience into the Parliament.”

Mainstream schools discourage inclusion of students with disability

A national survey of students with disability has revealed more than 70 per cent of students have experienced instances where their enrolment and inclusive participation in mainstream schools has been discouraged.

Jeremy the Dud: the new short film that flips disability on its head

The PC term for Jeremy is “without specialty” but the colloquial slur is “dud”. He wears a lanyard that announces to the rest of the world that he is in the minority – “not special” – in an alternate universe in which disability is the norm.

The NDIS is not everything

A disabled man is in prison because the justice system fails people with disability. Advocacy organisations highlight his case publicly and continue to call for change. This has happened before and will happen again while mainstream services, such as prisons and courts, are so hostile to people with disability.

Additional $10 million for the Transition Support Package

The Victorian Government is providing an additional $10 million for the Transition Support Package to help Victorians with disability, their families and carers, the disability workforce and service providers transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) This builds on the $10 million allocated in the 2016-17 Transition Support Package.