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Labor demands explanation over alleged NDIS portal shutdown

“The portal flaw allowed any participant or registered provider to guess a nine-digit plan number in the search function and bring up random support packages from participants,” the report said.   Labor’s shadow social services minister, Linda Burney, said on Friday the Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher “needed to immediately” explain what the ramifications of this breach would be, and why the breach occurred in the first place.  

The predictable rise of NDIS fraud

Frauds are continuing against users of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which runs the NDIS, set up a specific fraud task force earlier in 2018, while it was reported in February that the NDIA was investigating over 500 allegations of fraud or “sharp practice”, up from 300 in July 2017. Recent complaints of fraud against NDIS users include sums in the order of tens of thousands of dollars being “siphoned” from support packages. From The Australian:

SDA Participant Planning Mystery

Over the last few months, I have witnessed an alarming number of problematic and, frankly, confusing responses from the NDIA to submitted Housing Solutions reports.

Outrage after woman with profound disabilities told to pay back NDIS funds

A supreme court judge has issued a stunning public condemnation of the National Disability Insurance Agency, finding it tried to recoup funds with “no proper basis” from a woman with profound disabilities, and then came dangerously close to contempt of court.

The ‘unconscionable’ state of Australia’s train stations

There are around 960 train stations across Australia. By the end of 2017, each state was supposed to have ensured that 90 per cent of their stations met accessibility standards. By 2022, 100 per cent of the stations are supposed to be accessible. Piecing together publicly available station information and data supplied by transport authorities, ABC News found that more than one in four stations in Australia is not independently accessible.

Sex, technology and disability – it’s complicated

People living with disability are largely excluded from conversationsabout sexuality, and face overlapping barriers to sexual expression that are both social and physical.

NFP providers chosen to deliver disability services under NDIS

A group of not-for-profit providers have been selected to deliver disability accommodation and respite services currently operated by the Victorian government, as part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

NDIS Quarterly Report: Top 6 Takeaways

This report marks the end of the NDIS’s fifth year. Don’t they grow up so fast? But in all seriousness, the five-year mark is a great opportunity to reflect on how far the Scheme has come (or failed to come) to date.

Government set to increase NDIA staff cap

The federal government is increasing the National Disability Insurance Agency’s staff cap, as part of a suite of workforce changes designed to deliver a “better experience” for people with disability.

We can all help to improve communication for people with disabilities

Around 5% of the population, or 1.2 million Australians have a communication disability. Communication disability can arise if a person has a health condition affecting their speech, language, listening, understanding, reading, writing, or social skills.

Disability is a design problem and I’m working on it

Disability didn’t exist before industrialisation. Sure, there were blind people, and people with cognitive impairments and amputees – but they were never grouped together. There

Disability advocates welcome new Social Services Ministers

Disability advocates have welcomed the appointments of Paul Fletcher and Sarah Henderson as social services ministers, after outgoing minister Dan Tehan was moved to education amid a cabinet reshuffle.

NDIS IT systems to face official probe

The inquiry will scrutinise the impact of ICT infrastructure on the implementation of the scheme, as well as the appropriateness of NDIS-facing IT systems and the MyPlace Portal used by participants and providers.

Improved experience for NDIS participants and providers

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will deliver a better experience to participants thanks to improvements that will commence to be rolled out from October. Workforce improvements, including staff numbers and training are also included in the planned improvements.