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Equal but Different

With the launch of the new national insurance scheme, DisabilityCare, disability is for once high on the public agenda. Many Australians now agree that the previous system failed those in need and they thus support this long-overdue reform. What is more, there is finally real money on the table, money that can help address the … Continued

Coalition Gives Andrews Control of the Not for Profit Sector

Kevin Andrews has been named Minister for Social Services, under Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s cabinet – placing most of the control of the Not for Profit sector under one portfolio. The social services portfolio, described by Abbott as “the largest area of expenditure and payments in the Budget”, will be responsible for settlement services, multicultural … Continued

Jenny Macklin Laments Loss of Focus on DisabilityCare

FORMER minister for disability reform Jenny Macklin has written to members of the sector lamenting the fall of the portfolio from the cabinet under the incoming Coalition government. “I was disappointed to learn yesterday that the minister in charge of delivering DisabilityCare has been quietly demoted,” she wrote in an email yesterday. “It is deeply … Continued

Offer Single Welfare Benefits to all of Working Age: Advocate

A respected welfare advocate today will urge the Abbott government to implement a plan Tony Abbott proposed more than a decade ago, and introduce a single welfare benefit for people of working age, whether they are disabled, unemployed, or single parents. Peter Davidson, senior adviser to the Australian Council of Social Service, says the present … Continued

Ministerial Appointment for Ageing and Disabilities

As Assistant Minister for Social Services I am delighted to have responsibility as the dedicated minister for ageing and disabilities. Having held the disabilities and carers portfolio for the Coalition for the past four years I am extremely pleased that there will be continuity in front bench representation at ministerial level for Australians with disability, … Continued

Depressed Workers Suffer in Silence Due to Fear that Sharing Problems will Hurt Career

Almost nine out of 10 people living with depression would rather “suffer in silence” than confide in their work colleagues, research shows. This is because many fear that revealing their problem will harm their career prospects, a new report has found. Researchers are calling for employers to implement better support networks for their staff to … Continued

How Home Business Brings Freedom for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Running a business from home is popular with entrepreneurs, for reasons such as convenience, cost savings and flexibility. For those who are affected by health issues and disabilities, a home setting can also provide the freedom and flexibility they need to run a successful business. For some, it is their determination to overcome the challenges … Continued

Coalition Reveals Portfolio Responsibilities

The newly sworn-in Coalition Government has released its administrative arrangements showing the list of Not for Profit sector issues largely under the control of the Minister and Deputy Minister for Social Services. The new Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews’ Department will be responsible for: Ageing research;• Income security and support policies and programs for … Continued

State ‘Must do More’ for Abused Children

The royal commission on child sex abuse is ”not enough” to compensate abused children, according to a group representing former victims. Care Leavers Australia Network is demanding the Victorian government, churches and charities acknowledge the full extent of abuse, neglect and slave labour forced on thousands of orphaned children. The group staged a protest outside … Continued

State Government Backs Down on Rent Increases

State Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services Mary Wooldridge tells Jon the state government has reversed its decision to increase rent to 75 percent of the disability pension for those in disability housing. “We never intended to create hardship…

Relief for Disabled as Napthine Drops Big Rent Hike

The Napthine government has backed down from plans to impose massive rent increases on people living in state-run disability care after thousands of Victorians with disabilities launched a class action legal challenge. Representing more than 2000 residents with disabilities at an initial hearing last week, Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service was given the green light … Continued

The UN Looking at Australia’s Disability Human Rights Record

Disability Care Australia has been hailed as the biggest social reform in generations. But a report to be presented to the United Nations this week argues Australia still has a long way to go before it complies with its international obligations to people with a disability. It is the first time that Australia’s disability human … Continued

Budget for Disabled Home Care Underspent by $11m

The budget for home care services for people with disabilities has been underspent by $11 million last year, according to Treasury documents. The NSW Budget papers also show funding for home care has fallen by $23 million this financial year compared to last year. The NSW opposition spokeswoman for disability services, Barbara Perry, said the … Continued

Labor Playing Politics with NDIS

Kevin Rudd and Jenny Macklin are playing politics with the lives of people living with disability. The Victorian Coalition Government is disappointed by the announcements this week of Federal Labor’s ‘preferred’ locations for the next stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in Queensland and New South Wales – reportedly with no consultation … Continued

ACNC Adding to Sector Red Tape – UnitingCare

UnitingCare Australia, the welfare arm of the Uniting Church, has released a report claiming the new charity regulator, the ACNC is adding another level of bureaucracy to an already burdened Not for Profit sector. The Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (ACNC) was set up in December 2012 with one of its tasks to … Continued