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Hotline data released – hundreds report abuse of people with disability in government-funded services

Australian Government has released the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline data. There were 472 reported cases of abuse and neglect of people with disability in government-funded services between July 2016 and June 2018 – more than one every two days. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan did not put out a media statement announcing the release of the data. He has refused to answer a number of questions about it.

Big step forward for SDA tenant rights in Victoria

The Bill creates a special section in the State’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) for SDA residencies. This means that from 1 July 2019, all tenancies in the state are covered by the same legislation. The changes will be relevant to all SDA residents, whether they are funded through the NDIS or the Commonwealth’s Continuity of Support Program.

Quality and safegarding – The complaints management and resolution rules

These are the Rules that set the standard for handling complaints internally within organisations, as well as detailing the Commission’s internal processes for managing the complaints they receive about providers. For your own protection, and most importantly for the safety of Participants, it is absolutely essential that all staff in your organisation are across these Rules.

Life in limbo: NDIS delays force husband and wife to live apart

The funding request for the equipment Alysia needs – which includes a hoist, a hospital-style bed and crucial modifications to her electric wheelchair – was lodged in March 2017, and has already been approved by the National Disability Insurance Agency. But the labyrinthine bureaucracy involved in getting new equipment – including a mind-boggling seven-step approval process – means Alysia has still not received it, despite the funding approval.

Disabled teens suffering the mental health effects of bullying

If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to acknowledge the link between having a disability, being bullied and poorer mental health.

Disability advocates welcome pledge to remove NDIA staff cap

Labor’s pledge to remove the arbitrary National Disability Insurance Agency staff cap has been welcomed by disability advocates, who say they do not want any more money spent on external contractors.

Increased support needed for entrepreneurs with disability

He said it was important to understand the business ideas coming from the disability community would make a difference not only “for people with a disability, but also the wider community”.

Concerns raised over NDIS barriers for homeless people with disability

There are calls for greater National Disability Insurance Scheme accessibility for disadvantaged groups, with an expert warning it is “nearly impossible” for homeless people with disability to get help from the system. 

People with disability both liberated and left behind by today’s tech

’s a growing problem. Close to 40 per cent of all complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in 2016-17 were lodged under the Disability Discrimination Act. A third of those related to goods and services, many of them new technology.

Schools try out a ‘can do’ approach to funding for disabled students

For decades, desperate families wanting to secure disability funding from their state school have had to go through the confronting process of describing exactly what their children can’t do. But that’s set to change, with the Andrews government trialling a new assessment that focuses on the strengths of students with disability, instead of their weaknesses.

New Wave Self Advocacy Group

New Wave with contributions from The Tipping Foundation and Interchange Gippsland have made this open video letter to VicRoads about the safety of crossing Commercial Road, Morwell, near Driffield Road.

Office of the Public Advocate Honours Amaze

The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, has honoued Amaze, the peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria, with the 2018 Public Advocate’s Award.

People with disability at risk of being pigeon-holed by supported employment reform

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) today called on Federal Minister Dan Tehan to ensure that the current Inquiry into the Future of Supported Employment increases engagement with people with disability and their representative organisations to increase full inclusion and real employment outcomes for people with disability.