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Disability groups granted temporary funding reprieve

Federal government delays a 40 per cent funding cut to the disability sector amid allegations it was in breach of United Nations convention. The federal government has made a partial backflip on its cuts to disability groups, granting a temporary reprieve to eight bodies whose funding was due to run out on Saturday. Last month … Continued

Vision Australia takes TV networks to the Australian Human Rights Commission

Major television networks are the subject of complaints to be lodged in the Australian Human Rights Commission on Thursday, in action launched by Vision Australia. Vision Australia, which represents the rights of people who are blind or have low vision, is arguing that the networks should provide an audio description service in the same way … Continued

Latest NDIS figures show solid growth

The latest quarterly report for the National Disability Insurance Scheme demonstrates that solid foundations are being built for the Scheme. Senator Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, said that more than 11,000 participants now have support plans in place, and $565.3 million has been committed to people with disability to fund the services … Continued

NFPs React to McClure Welfare Review

The Federal Government has released the long-awaited final report of the review of Australia’s welfare system including controversial recommendations around Disability Support Pensions which has had a mixed reaction from the Not for Profit sector. The report recommends a new disability payment which would be restricted to people unable to work more than eight hours … Continued

NDIS: Advocates argue funding cut will make scheme participation difficult for those with intellectual disabilities

Disability groups have warned that people with profound intellectual disabilities risk being ignored by the NDIS when federal funding for seven peak advocacy bodies runs out next month. The peak bodies represent people who are blind, deaf, autistic, have Down syndrome or acquired brain injuries, and people with an intellectual disability. Groups such as Inclusion … Continued

Maroondah’s disabled population struggle to find jobs, training

More than two-thirds of Maroondah residents with disabilities struggle to ­access employment or job training, a report has found. A Maroondah City Council survey of almost 300 ­locals with disabilities found 68 per cent of respondents rated their experiences of accessing training and ­employment as “often difficult” or “can’t access”. The survey, prepared as part … Continued

Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

“One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework. The call came as … Continued

We must keep young disabled people out of nursing homes

The disability, health, housing and aged care sectors must ensure young people with disabilities stay out of aged-care facilities. This week, the community affairs committee started hearings for the Senate inquiry into the lives of some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled people in Australia: young people in nursing homes. It has been 10 … Continued

NDIS Citizen’s Jury to evaluate participant experiences

Participants from the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be given the chance to speak about their experience as part of an innovative Citizens’ Jury. People with Disability Australia (PWDA) will be running the Citizens’ Jury, which begins in Sydney today and continues until Friday 20 February. A report will be provided in April 2015. This … Continued

sector to respond to Senate funding inquiry

The Not for Profit sector is preparing to make submissions to the Senate inquiry into how the Department of Social Services provides funding grants to community services brought on by the Greens last week. Community Council for Australia CEO, David Crosbie, said his organisation, which represents a significant number of charities and Not for Profits, … Continued

New framework to protect vulnerable people with disability in the NDIS

Governments across Australia are working together to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) delivers the best possible support for people with disability. A public consultation process was launched today by the COAG Disability Reform Council – made up of state, territory and federal disability ministers – to discuss quality and safeguards for the NDIS. … Continued

NSW Labor policy: Graeme Innes to head new disability employment advocacy body

Former disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes would head a new employment advocacy body to encourage more companies to hire people with disabilities under a policy to be announced by NSW Labor on Tuesday. Labor leader Luke Foley will unveil his party’s disability policy at the National Disability Services conference, following an address from NSW Premier … Continued

Next Generation Banknotes: Additional Feature for the Vision Impaired

The Governor, Glenn Stevens, has today announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people with a vision impairment. As previously announced, existing features to help the vision impaired tell the difference between different denominations of Australian banknotes will be maintained on the new series. These include: bright … Continued

Budget cuts could silence voices for the disabled such as Our Voice’s Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan has his own name for the NDIS, one that he believes better explains the scheme’s purpose. Speaking at a disability conference earlier this month, he said a National Disability Insurance Scheme “sounds like something might go wrong”. “How would that make you feel?” he asked the crowd at Geelong’s Deakin University, to boos … Continued

Disability sector funding cuts attacked by former UN committee chairman

The new arrangement threatens eight peak bodies, with 200,000 members. The former chairman of the United Nations committee representing people with disabilities has added his voice to the chorus of anger over the government’s shake-up of the sector, challenging its claim it is in acting in accordance with the UN convention. Ron McCallum, who is … Continued