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Disability Employment Services Out for Tender

The Federal Government is opening up the tender process for the first time to full competition for the delivery of the Disability Employment Services – Disability Management Services (DES-DMS). DES-DMS provide specialist help for people with disability, illness or injury to find and keep a job. The Government, which has released an Industry Information Paper … Continued

Opinion: Searching for the Detail and Evidence Amidst the Pain

I can’t imagine what it took for Korey Gunnis – sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic asthma, hearing loss, anxiety disorder and clinical depression – to ask the Treasurer Joe Hockey this question on national TV. But it went to the heart of the 2014-15 Budget. How was he supposed to cope … Continued

Call for Disability Quotas

A Bendigo disability service has called on the federal government to introduce workforce quotas for people with a disability. Radius chief executive Cath McDonald said statistics showed that 15 to 20 per cent of Australians had a disability and the make-up of each workplace should reflect these figures. “One of the better models that is around … Continued

Bill Shorten Urges Tony Abbott to Reinstate Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Five members of the Australian Human Rights Commission have lashed the government for ripping $1.7 million out of the organisation and defunding the disability discrimination commissioner role. The commissioners’ show of unity came as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten personally intervened in the matter on Tuesday by writing to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging him to … Continued

Disability Pensioners Pan Tabloid Tactic

There’s been a furious response from disabled Australians today to media reports suggesting that the disability support pension is being rorted by an army of slackers. Te front page of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper depicts New South Wales residents in a queue at Centrelink next to an image of Australia’s war wounded veterans and says … Continued

Revolution in Human Service Delivery Expands across Victoria

Services Connect to be rolled out in four new areas New approach supporting hundreds of vulnerable families and individuals Victorian Coalition Government building a better human services system A new approach to supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians will expand to four new areas as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s new Services Connect initiative. Minister … Continued

Disability in Budget 2014

Although NDIS funding has remained intact, the 2014 Federal Budget brings big changes for people with disabilities across a range of areas. The 2014 Federal Budget brings big changes for people with disabilities across a range of areas, from health to housing to welfare, but funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is secure. … Continued

Budget Causes Unnecessary, Long-term Welfare Pain

“This is a budget that is very harsh on people living on low incomes including people with disabilities, the jobless and young people. Structural changes in the budget will cause financial harm to people on low incomes for years to come. By contrast, people on high incomes face some temporary and short-lived pain”, said Maree … Continued

Disabled will still have a Voice: Triggs

AUSTRALIA’S human rights watchdog maintains people with disabilities will still have a voice despite budget cuts claiming one of its commissioners. This week’s federal budget reduced the number of commissioners from seven to six to save $1.7 million over four years. The term of disability commissioner Graeme Innes expires in July and he won’t be … Continued

Disability Support Pension Cuts Won’t Create Jobs

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) CEO, Matthew Wright raised significant concerns today about the Government’s intention to push ahead with Disability Support Pension (DSP) re-assessments for people with disability under 35 years of age. “Cutting people off the DSP won’t create jobs. Employment of people with disability has declined over the past decade, so … Continued

Budget Divides the Nation, Young and Old, Rich and Poor

The Australian Council of Social Service tonight said it was deeply concerned that those in our nation who carry the greatest burden from spending cuts in the Budget are those who can least afford it. “The Budget divides rather than mends. It entrenches divisions between those with decent incomes, housing and health care and those … Continued

One Commissioner Role Cut from Human Rights Commission

One of the less publicised aspects of the federal budget is the axing of one of the commissioner roles from the Human Rights Commission. The Disability Discrimination Commissioner has been axed, leaving six commissioners in other roles and the president. Current disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes, whose term ends in July, says the scrapping of … Continued

Facing Up to Violence against Women with Disabilities

When she went to the police to report intimate partner violence, Rebecca* was met with a stark response: “They didn’t believe me.” This was not solely because of institutionalised mistrust of victims of sexual violence, but because Rebecca is a woman with an intellectual disability who experienced intimate partner violence from a partner who also … Continued

Future of Ramp Up in the Hands of the ABC

The future of the online disability forum ABC Ramp Up is up to the board and management of the ABC. The ABC was provided with two years of seed funding for the establishment of ABC Ramp Up in 2010 by the previous government. This funding was extended for another two years in 2012, with the … Continued

Parents of Disabled Children Hit Out at Budget Cuts

The father of a young boy with a disability has accused the Abbott Government of targeting some of the nation’s most vulnerable children to balance the Federal Budget.