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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

Disability Advocate Wins Changemaker Honour

Disability advocate Jordan O’Reilly, from Brookvale NSW, has been named Foundation for Young Australian’s Changemaker of the Year for his work tackling the social isolation faced by young Australians with severe disabilities. O’Reilly, 25, was presented with the title at the FYA’s Unleashed Awards which recognised 13 to 28-year-olds who are shaping positive social change … Continued

Labour must Follow its Radical Disabilities Report with Action

Making Rights a Reality offers solutions to counter the erosion of support under the coalition – MPs have a duty to fight for change Sickness and disability campaigners know all too well what the coalition are doing, and it fills them with dread. Even if we ignore the lives, hopes and dreams behind the figures, … Continued

Tireless Advocate of Rights for the Disabled and Champion of the Arts

In 1981, Lesley Hall and some mates stormed the Miss Australia Quest. They actually strategically bought tickets, but to imagine them storming through the doors of the St Kilda Town Hall is too delicious. But Lesley definitely stormed the stage. She stands right in the thick of the ceremony, flanked by madly grinning beauty contestants … Continued

Decline in Disability Alternatives has Parents at Breaking Point

Parents of children with profound disabilities are being compelled to do a ”DOCS dump” due to a lack of support, a new report says. The report by Anglicare Sydney recommends state funding for a shared care residential school model in which children would be in care during the week and with their families on the … Continued

Work Struggle for Those with Disabilities & Diabetes

Almost half of Australians who have a disability and diabetes say they are permanently unable to work, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities, also shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a … Continued

Income Boost for Pensioners as Deeming Rates Lowered

More than 740,000 Australian pensioners will benefit from the lowering of the social security deeming rates from 4 November 2013. The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, said the deeming rate will decrease to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent for financial investments up to $46,600 for single pensioners and allowees, $77,400 for pensioner … Continued

New Disability Accommodation Charge to Provide Simplicity, More Transparency, Greater Certainty

A new board and lodging fee for government-managed disability accommodation will be simpler, more transparent and provide greater certainty for residents. Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge said that following broad consultation, a new Board and Lodging fee will be implemented in early 2014 for 2,100 residents in government-run accommodation. The new fee bundles all existing charges into … Continued

Wise Choices for a Disabled Child’s Future

My spouse and I are both 52 years old. He earns about $53,000 net a year, I earn about $40,000 net. We have a mortgage of $152,000 on a house worth $1.2 million. We are paying extra off the house, $800 a fortnight, to hopefully pay it off by age 56. I have $166,000 in … Continued

DisabilityCare to be Sent to Private Providers to Implement

The NSW government plans to transfer all its disability services to the private sector from next year in preparation for the introduction of the national scheme, DisabilityCare, in 2018. Public service workers are concerned the transfer will mean a cut in their pay and conditions. The transfer is expected to include the redevelopment of group … Continued

How a Forty-year-old Proposal Became a Movement for Change

Amid the often-protracted policy debates of the Rudd and Gillard years, DisabilityCare is widely seen as Labor’s most popular and effectively managed reform. The story begins during the Whitlam years, writes Mike Steketee, and takes in a highly effective community campaign. Julia Gillard rarely let her emotions show, although she probably had more reasons than … Continued

Disability in an Alternate Universe

Even in science fiction and fantasy, ‘real world’ characterisations of disability are still stereotyped, where they exist at all. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy – genres which most often ask ‘what if?’ in more playful and profound ways – Leah Hobson asks, where are the ‘good’ disability stories? Our humanity is something … Continued