Commissioner Ben Gauntlett told a Senate estimates hearing the Australian Human Rights Commission had concerns the new policy “might undermine the effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and not have the intended effect, particularly for individuals with complex support needs”.
“We have seen the benefits of working from home, as well as the accessibility of online events,” Carly tells The CEO Magazine. “For many people – especially disabled people – events and art going online because of the pandemic has been the first time they’ve had access to it. We have seen accessibility created because non-disabled people have required it, yet disabled people have been calling for these provisions for many years.”
You’ve already been told by your potential employer that your resumé is the best they have ever seen. The employer has every intention of giving you the job. The interview is just a formality. But, when you arrive for the interview, you find yourself unable to enter the building. Because of this, no matter how perfect you are for the position, you won’t get the job.
In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry which is examining what some call the biggest change to the scheme since it began, the ombudsman, Michael Manthorpe, did not comment on the merits of the policy itself. But, in a warning about the speed of the change, Manthorpe noted: “The breadth of changes being introduced in a relatively short timeframe may present a challenge for the [agency], its partners and for participants, carers, advocates and service providers.
Advocates are calling for change after a report found people with a disability are twice as likely to experience sexual and physical violence than those without a disability.
Hospital admissions for NDIS Participants can mean a challenging game of ‘who is doing what’ when considering the Support Coordination role, the Participant, the State- or Territory-funded health supports, and inpatient clinical teams.
Former National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) chairman Bruce Bonyhady says the government needs to “go back to the drawing board”, describing as “robo-planning” the new independent assessment model being introduced this year.
The Queensland government currently provides $4.9 million to fund independent disability advocacy services, but funding is set to end on 30 June with no further commitment on offer.
“This is not the NDIS that was promised”: peak body National Disability Services says planned independent assessments will “fundamentally alter the individualised and personalised nature of the NDIS”.
Twenty advocacy groups are concerned a desire to save money could see an end to the scheme’s ‘individualised approach’
Digitalisation at Services Australia will enable the Federal Government to pay all NDIS invoices in the future, streamlining a system that currently requires hundreds of thousands of Australians to track and invoice the agency, then pay providers themselves.
Scott Morrison and Christian Porter have been accused of ignoring the disability royal commission’s “urgent” request for an extension to the inquiry, after failing to reply to the commissioner for more than four months.
In moves to address climate change, many of us make assumptions about how to make a difference. Stop using straws, get rid of packaging, use less air-conditioning. But what if that straw makes the difference between being able to drink or not, you rely on packaged, pre-cut fruit because you’re unable to cut it yourself, if air-con is essential for your ability to function.
The government says this new approach is aimed at making the NDIS fairer. But many people with disability think it is about cost-cutting. They also say an independent assessment is a “nightmare” process that doesn’t produce an accurate picture of people’s lives.
National Disability Insurance Agency criticised for paying $3.7m of taxpayer money to gambling company Sportsbet in rent
7.30 can reveal the agency entered into the contract with Sportsbet in 2018 to sublet office space from the betting company. It plans to rent the office space located in the Mirvac building in Melbourne’s central business district until 2022.