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Australian Human Rights Commission Supports Continued Discrimination of Employees with Disability

National peak disability and advocacy groups condemn the decision by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to allow the Australian Government and sheltered workshops (also known as Australian Disability Enterprises or ‘ADEs’) to continue to discriminate against employees with disability. However, we also applaud the AHRC for placing the final nail in the coffin of … Continued

NDIS Becoming a Cruel Irony

Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment (ADDE) INC, a national disability lobby group, today makes a desperate plea to all State, Territory and Federal Governments to stop inflicting further pain and insecurity upon Australia’s disabled citizens. Spokesperson, Martin Stewart, said “Over the last month the Federal Government in particular, has conducted a cruel and insensitive … Continued

NDIS Delay Unacceptable

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) opposes any delay to the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We hold grave concerns about the Government’s commitment to the scheme after a delay was recommended in today’s Commission of Audit report. President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace said, “The scheme is already being … Continued

Oakleigh Disability Institution to Close

Victorian Coalition Government will deliver on its election promise, closing the Oakleigh Centre’s congregate care facility for people with an intellectual disability Funding of $14.1 million to boost quality of care for 29 people with an intellectual disability, offering more choice and better tailored services Consultation will soon begin with residents and their families about … Continued

Don’t Cut or Delay NDIS, Says Macklin

No cuts or delays should be made in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as disabled Australians have waited long enough, the federal opposition says. Opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been told by the majority of states and territories that there must be no delay with … Continued

NDIS Delay ‘Only Way to Save Costs’

Disabled  Australians face years of delays in getting taxpayer-funded care after the National Disability Insurance Agency admitted its tight delivery deadline could blow out costs or compromise quality. The Commission of Audit wants to postpone the $22 billion national disability insurance scheme by up to three years to avoid “significant financial risks’’. Bruce Bonyhady, who … Continued

Budget Assistance for Disabled

Hundreds of Victorians with a disability will get access to tailored support in the May state budget, as the Napthine government moves to tackle the growing backlog of people waiting for assistance. About $190 million will be spent over the next four years in a bid to improve services and reduce the disability waiting list, … Continued

Disability Scheme Supports Everyone

“Every Australian counts” is the catchcry that has united the disability sector, galvanised the nation to support an increase in the Medicare levy and won multi-partisan political support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. For the first 30 years of my life, I mistakenly thought “every Australian counts” was a statement of fact. But from … Continued

Supporting Advocacy and Leadership Opportunities for People with a Disability

The Victorian Coalition Government is enhancing advocacy and leadership opportunities for people with a disability, with additional funding for the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) announced today by the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge. Ms Wooldridge said the Coalition Government will invest an additional $43,000 annually in the SARU as part of … Continued

Good News for NRS Users under New Privacy Laws

When National Relay Service customers contact banks and other financial institutions, many of those organisations have been unclear how much personal and confidential information (account numbers or financial and identification details) can be discussed over the phone in the presence of a relay officer. Sometimes calls have been terminated by the financial institution on the … Continued

Vic Rapist Jailed for 14 Years

A Melbourne man who raped an 86-year-old woman and an intellectually disabled woman has been sentenced to at least 11 years in jail. John Edward Szabo, 36, of Mooroolbark, pleaded guilty to 10 charges including counts of rape and indecency in front of a child. Victorian County Court Judge Elizabeth Gaynor said Szabo’s “unusual frankness” … Continued

Not Disabled Enough for Pension

Former Telethon child Prue Hawkins has been told she is not impaired enough to get the disability support pension. A leader among WA’s disabled community, the 33-year-old wheelchair user has osteogenesis imperfecta – also known as brittle bone disease. She currently has a broken leg. Despite her severe physical restrictions, she completed a law degree, … Continued

Ashburton Woman Lives in Hhell While Waiting on Disability Support Register

Disabled woman Ghislaine Carlauce has been on the disability support register waiting list to get extra care. At the end of a small cul-de-sac in Ashburton lives a miserable woman who, for six days a week, does not eat, shower or leave the house. Ghislaine Carlauce is legally blind and has cerebral palsy, a movement … Continued

NDIS Delay is Not OK

Findings from a recent review of NDIA capabilities have led to speculation that the NDIS rollout could be delayed beyond 2019. Dr George Taleporos says although the review is useful in alerting us to current challenges, it should not be used to justify a longer timeline for implementation. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) recently … Continued

When Everyone counts

Lawyer Richard Bernstein joins Michael Short in The Zone. Australia’s fledgling National Disability Insurance Scheme is widely seen as a fair and decent public policy that’s long overdue in one of the world’s wealthiest nations. It is in the trial phase and once fully operational will cost billions of dollars each year. Only about half … Continued