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Members of the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Reference Group announced

“The purpose of the SDA reference group is to represent participants, providers, investors and other key stakeholders, and to support and promote the development of the SDA market as we implement reforms announced in February, improving choice and control for participants.

NDIA’s Geelong headquarters open

THE latest addition to central Geelong’s skyline and economy is officially open, with the headquarters for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) now up and running. The NDIA is the agency responsible for administering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the headquarters leads by example when it comes to accessibility, including wider access to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, self-opening and closing doors to cater for staff with varying abilities, integrated braille signage, meeting rooms with hearing loops and kitchens with accessible sinks.

$6.5 million to improve advocacy for NDIS participants

“This increased funding for advocacy services will support people with disability and help deliver National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) decisions that are fair and robust,” Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said. “While the focus of NDIS Appeals is advocacy support, funding for legal services is available for cases with complex legal issues, or where the applicant does not have the capacity to self-represent.”

New prison unit completes health and wellbeing hub

A new 48-bed unit for women prisoners with complex needs will open at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) today, completing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Precinct worth more than $40 million. the opening of the Rosewood Unit provides for women with complex needs which may include intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Leadership that transcends an organisation

Leadership is one of those strange things. There are many books dedicated to trying to define it but its features are so diverse that it is nearly impossible for anyone to agree on a definition. Despite that, when you see it, you can’t help but to instantly recognise it.

The threat that disability providers often ignore

Before the NDIS came into our lives, my family and I consumed disability supports without having any idea of their monetary value. That all changed with our first Plan. It was not long before I had my first case of ‘sticker shock’- the feeling of dismay that potential buyers like myself can experience when they become aware of the high price of a product or service.

The best built environment is an inclusive one, designed for ageing and disability

Home modifications can help delay institutional care, creating benefits for the individual, the taxpayer and the healthcare system. A UNSW Built Environment professor is determined to improve the accessibility of the built environment, which could improve the outcomes for some of the most vulnerable populations – the elderly and the disabled

Disability royal commission terms of reference lacking critical aspects, Jordan Steele-John says

A two week consultation process has now opened for a Royal Commission into the mistreatment of Australians with a disability. The government has released broad draft terms of reference covering the abuse, exploitation and neglect of people in a number of settings — including schools, workplaces, homes, hospitals and even the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Greens Senator for Western Australia,  Jordon Steele-John says, “It’s really lacking in some critical aspects around investigation, prosecution and redress.”

Disability Royal Commission to have broad terms of reference but funding unclear

The Federal Government is releasing a draft terms of reference for a royal commission into the mistreatment of disabled Australians. Disability advocates have welcomed the broad scope of the proposal. But they’re anxious to see the royal commission established before an election is called and the Government enters caretaker mode.

Federal government to pay for disability royal commission

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government will pay for the royal commission into disability abuse, which will be permitted to also scrutinise the massive National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Disability abuse inquiry to be set up before election, government insists

The federal government insists it will set up a royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities before entering election caretaker mode. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has pledged to fund the inquiry and has letters patent from all the states and territories to allow it to formally go ahead.

Disability Royal Commission terms revealed

The ABC has obtained details of the terms of reference for the upcoming Disability Royal Commission. Advocates who have seen the document say they’re pleased that the commission is broad in scope and will ask commissioners to investigate a wide range of abuses in a variety of settings.

Morrison suggests disability inquiry could be as big as $373 million child sex abuse royal commission

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is likely to be scrutinised by a sweeping royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinting the probe could be as big as the landmark $373 million inquiry into child sex abuse. Disability advocates want the inquiry to look into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability but have also urged the Prime Minister to make sure the NDIS is examined.

The NDIS is not Medicare

In times of massive change it is an organisation’s culture that holds it together or splits it apart. It is culture, not pricing, that should determine the working environment: whether rosters are fair, whether workplaces are safe, and whether a quality service is being delivered to the customer.