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Disability groups call for conflicting commissioners to step down

In a joint statement, the Australian Federation of Disabilities Australia (AFDO), Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, and Disability Advocacy Network Australia called for John Ryan and Barbara Bennett to step down over conflicts of interest, that the groups say will severely hinder the effectiveness of the inquiry.

Dylan Alcott weighs in on Eddie McGuire controversy

“There are 4.5 million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say “good on you for doing it the way that you can”. I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”

‘It’s not flash being disabled’: PM launches $527 million disability royal commission

Mr Morrison detailed the establishment of the commission in Canberra on Friday morning before he is expected to call an election before the end of the weekend.  More than $500 million was allocated in Tuesday night’s budget into the Brisbane-based inquiry which will run for three years.  The inquiry is set to examine the mistreatment in institutional settings, workplaces, schools, home and the community.  It will be led by former NSW Supreme Court judge Ronald Sackville, who will be assisted by five other commissioners, some of whom have lived experience of disability. 

Difficulty accessing the NDIS blamed for unspent $1.6 billion

The Government has cited slower-than-expected uptake of the scheme, but experts say bureaucracy and administrative issues have blocked access. ‘This “underspend” has been the result of delays in the rollout of plans, the bureaucratic maze that even the most capable of carers or people with disability struggle to get through, and the difficulties that people with plans have in accessing services that are not there.

Slow rollout of NDIS and automated welfare system to save budget billions

Disability insurance scheme comes in at $1.6bn less than expected, but advocates blame shortfall on problems for people accessing the scheme.  “We are six years into the rollout and we have heard of people waiting two years for a wheelchair, so it needs concerted attention,” said Kirsten Dean from disability advocate group Every Australian Counts. “Nobody thought it would be easy, but this is a big and complicated scheme and it needs greater attention,” she said.

Few initiatives for disability in Federal Budget

n a Federal Budget light on disability initiatives, the headline announcement is the provision of $527.9 million over five years to support the work of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The bulk of this funding will be spent from 2019-22.

Advocates fight plan to use surplus NDIS funds to boost budget

Disability groups are demanding that the Morrision government keep any unspent National Disability Insurance Scheme money within the scheme, after reports emerged the funds will be used to boost the budget bottom line.

Providers slam government’s NDIS workforce strategy

Australia’s peak disability services body is deeply disappointed with the federal government’s plan to grow the National Disability Insurance Scheme workforce, arguing much of the strategy is just a rehash of old news.

Government pledges $850 million to help NDIS providers

Graeme Innes, from the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Pricing Reference Group, said the pricing changes were discussed by the group over a number of meetings and were supported by a strong body of evidence.

“It’s not that hard”: Making events more accessible for the disability community

A disability advocate says event organisers must do more to meet the access needs of people with disability, arguing a little thought can go a long way to stop attendees feeling excluded.  “I don’t think it’s that difficult to build ramps, or a wider gate, or a special lane rather than turnstiles. It’s not that hard. It’s just something that needs a little bit more thought put into it.”

NDIS price increases for a sustainable and vibrant disability services market

Closing date: March 31, 2019

The Federal Government has today announced an increase to price limits for therapy, attendant care and community participation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), effective 1 July 2019. The new prices include a minimum increase of almost $11 per hour for therapists and up to a 15.4 percent price increase to the base limit for attendant care and community participation.

Bendigo NDIS users to benefit from $850 million national funding boost to scheme

“We can say its welcome news that two of areas that have required an increase in funding have received it,” Mr McLean said. “But it may leave some areas underfunded. ” Mr McLean said he would like see issues including participant planning and review, transport arrangements, and funding employment supports looked at more closely.