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Mal Brough Appointed to Chair NDIS Committee

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appointed Member for Fisher Mal Brough to Chair the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said the committee will serve as a symbol of unity. “(It will) also provide a forum where questions of design and implementation can be posed … Continued

Juvenile Offenders Being Housed with Disabled Children under State Care: Whistleblower

A former child protection worker in Victoria says juvenile offenders are being put in the same residential care facilities as disabled children who are under state care. The whistleblower, who wants to be known only as Steve, says the situation has had devastating consequences for the state’s most vulnerable children. Steve worked for the child … Continued

Claims of Assaults Occurring Due to Volatile Juvenile Housing Arrangements

MARK COLVIN: The Victorian Government is denying that there’s a problem putting juvenile offenders in care homes with vulnerable wards of the state. A former Department of Human Services whistleblower has told the ABC that he’s intercepted numerous sexual assault attempts, and physical assaults, because the housing mix is volatile. But the Community Services and … Continued

Recommissioned National Disability Insurance Scheme Taskforce

Recognising the important contribution the Victorian NDIS taskforce has made towards the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Victorian Coalition Government today recommissioned the taskforce for a further three years. The contribution of the taskforce has been fundamental in shaping the first stage of the design of the NDIS, launched in Barwon on … Continued

Telstra to Kill CAPTCHA: ACCAN Calls on Others to Follow

ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers, congratulates Telstra on its plan to delete discriminatory online CAPTCHA tests from its websites and encourages other providers and businesses to follow suit. Telstra’s decision to delete CAPTCHA tests is included in their 6th Disability Action Plan, launched today on the International Day of People with Disability. It … Continued

10 Reasons to Take Action on Accessibility

Accessibility has been on Westpac’s agenda for many years through its Accessibility Action Plans, which outlines its strategy for supporting people with disability. Creating a culture of inclusion is important for the Westpac Group. And creating a culture of inclusion that allows staff and customers to prosper and grow is a great investment, says Jane Counsel, … Continued

Cobblestones Causing Problems for Disabled in Dandenong’s Revamped Street

Cobblestones in Dandenong’s Lonsdale St strip are giving disabled people muscle spasms, an advocacy group says. The cobblestones in parking areas along the shopping strip is just one of 19 complaints from the Disability Resource Centre which are mainly related to works involved in the $290m Revitalising Central Dandenong project. The makeover of central Dandenong is … Continued

Stella Young, A Stellar Career

Peter Wilmoth talks to comedian, journalist and disability advocate Stella Young. The other day, Stella Young was in a supermarket and fell into a pile of carrots. Now, that’s what most of us would call bloody annoying, but Young calls it material. As a comedian she knew it was gold. “I lost my footing and … Continued

Women with Disabilities at Risk of Violence

MARK COLVIN: Every week in Australia more than one woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner. Today is White Ribbon Day, a national campaign to end violence against women. It’s an important issue for all women, including disabled women who make up 20 per cent of Australia’s female population. Sarah Sedghi … Continued

Outstanding Achievements Recognised at National Disability Awards

Twelve individuals and organisations were tonight recognised for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, congratulated the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House. “This year’s field was exemplary, with many committed recipients whose work has helped … Continued

New Data Shows Decline in Employment of Australians with Disability

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, and the findings paint a dispiriting picture that reinforces Australia’s poor track record for employment of people with disability. When compared to data from the previous survey undertaken in 2009, the new data indicates declining rates of employment of people … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme could Cost Billions More than Expected

The National Disability Insurance Scheme could cost billions more than expected, after the cost of the first support plans blew out by almost a third. The minister responsible for the scheme, Mitch Fifield, told the National Press Club on Wednesday that the average cost of care and support plans completed in the first three months … Continued

National Press club Address: Senator Mitch Fifield

In the lead-up to International Day of People with Disability on Dec 3, Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield addresses the Press Club on the topic ‘A Better Deal for Australians With Disability’. Note: Video link provides Auslan interpreter Transcript: Introduction Firstly can I thank the National Press Club for the leadership it … Continued

Disability Pension ‘Targeted for Budget Savings’ in Welfare Reform

The welfare lobby is gearing up for a huge fight on the government’s proposed welfare crackdown, indicating that any slashing of the number of disability support pension recipients would be strongly resisted. Cassandra Goldie, chief executive of Australian Council of Social Service, said she was concerned the government was targeting people on the disability support … Continued

Once Bitten…

VALID Inc. and Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service call upon the Victorian State Government to defer passage of the Disability Amendment Bill 2013. Consideration of the Bill, which aims to introduce a Board and Lodging fees structure for the 2,100 residents of State-managed group homes for people with disability, should be postponed in order to … Continued