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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

National Disability Insurance Agency Capability Review

Chris Kenny asks Senator Hon Mitch Fifield about the NDIA capability report: Now as I say, it’s very much a Labor scheme, Julia Gillard’s legacy item. Of course before the election, the Liberal Party supported it in a bipartisan way to make sure that it had both parties supporting it at the election. Now this report says … Continued

NDIS Timetable Under Review

The timetable for delivering national disability insurance is under review after a damning assessment of the decision to launch the scheme a year early. The Federal Disabilities Minister commissioned an assessment of the agency running the program late last year. It says Labor’s decision to fast-track the scheme has meant the focus has been on … Continued

Deliver NDIS on Time and Get it Right

The national peak cross-disability body People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has urged the Australian Government to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on time while investing the effort needed to get it right. This follows the release of the capability review by the National Disability Insurance Agency Capability Review. The Review found that the … Continued

NDIA Capability Review

Today I release an independent review of the capability of the NDIS Agency (NDIA), which is charged with delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The review was commissioned by the Board of the Agency in response to my requests in December last year for their assessment of the early operation of the Scheme and … Continued

Rethinking Career Support for Workers with Disability

Australia’s record for employing people with a disability is disappointing and has been going backwards in recent years. In this country a little over half – 53% – of working-age disabled people are employed… In this country a little over half – 53% – of working-age disabled people are employed, compared to 81% of people … Continued

NDIS Rollout may be Delayed after Review Finds Ssignificant Problems’ with Agency Set Up to Run it

The Federal Government has signalled a possible delay to the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), after a review found “significant problems” with the agency set up to run it. The review of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has likened it to “a plane that took off before it had been … Continued

Roseanne Fulton and the Other Indigenous Disabled People Australia has Failed

A woman has been in prison for 18 months, simply because she is vulnerable – and her case is one of many that should be causing a national outcry For too long the needs of Aboriginal people with disabilities and their families have been overlooked. Last week, the story of Roseanne Fulton hit the mainstream … Continued

Send Rosie Anne Home

The Australian Human Rights Commission this week called for an urgent audit of justice services to people with disability, as Rosie Anne Fulton, a woman detained in WA because she her disability meant she was deemed unfit to plead, became the latest person to highlight this type of human rights breach. The Disability Discrimination Commissioner … Continued

Up to 50 Disabled People in Indefinite Detention, Say Advocates

Disability advocates say the indefinite detention of an Aboriginal woman in a West Australian jail is not an isolated case. The ABC’s Lateline program last night has revealed 23-year-old woman, who suffers from foetal alcohol syndrome, has spent the past 18 months in a Kalgoorlie jail without a conviction. The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign says … Continued

Consultations Underway on Government’s young Carer Education Initiative

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, will meet today in Brisbane with a group of young Queensland carers to discuss the design of a new Australian Government initiative that will help young carers pursue an education. Senator Fifield said the Young Carer Bursary Programme, worth $3 million over three years, would provide up … Continued