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NDIA CEO Rob De Luca, Resigns

Mr De Luca advised the NDIA Board he had accepted a new role as CEO of Zenitas Healthcare, a community health organisation recently acquired by the private equity firm, Adamantem Capital Management and Liverpool Partners.

NDIA boss quits on eve of the federal election

The leadership of the National Disability Insurance Agency has been thrown into limbo after the sudden resignation of CEO Robert De Luca. The appointment of a new CEO will be decided by the incoming government following the federal election on 18 May.

Unpacking the worker screening database

Given the national database is planned to roll out from the 1st July 2019 (with the exception of WA) providers are wondering what it is going to look like. We still don’t know a lot of the detail yet but here’s the information available now.

Advocates call for person with disability to head NDIA

There’s more upheaval for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with the boss of the organisation responsible for the multi billion dollar rollout quitting after less than two years in the job. Rob De Luca’s resignation from the National Disability Insurance Agency is effective immediately — he’s taking up a job with a private healthcare provider that gets a large amount of its income from the NDIS. Disability advocates are now waiting to see who’ll replace him.

NDIS needs to be at top of #AusVotes agenda, fully spending, and headed by people with disability

Disability advocates are calling on the Federal Government to use those excess funds to fix the NDIS’s implementation problems, not just put them back into general revenue, saying the underspend is not because people don’t need help, but because they can’t work their way through the system to get it.

‘I cried a lot’: Mum’s despair at 11-month wait for NDIS funding for baby Billy

Maryke quit her job to effectively train herself to become an occupational therapist for Billy, who is now 15 months old. She does hours of rehabilitative exercises with her son each day, including working on his motor skills by teaching him to play with toys with his right hand. Maryke also takes Billy to countless physiotherapy and speech pathology classes.

Election spotlight: the future of the NDIS

While the scheme has no doubt helped thousands of Australians since its inception, serious concerns remain about its inner workings- as well as its long term protection. with election day looming, what do both major parties need to do to fix the NDIS so it can operate at its optimum capacity, and ensure the future viability of the scheme?

Alan Jones grills Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher about NDIS problems

With less than a month until the election, the Social Services Minister has fronted up to answer questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS was supposed to be a game-changer for disabled Australians but it’s been riddled with complaints.

Disability peak bodies and advocates share election priorities

With the Australian political parties gearing up for the Federal Election next month, disability peak bodies and advocates are calling for a focus on inclusion and support for people living with disability.

Danny Rumsey has Down syndrome, and he is in love

When he is not doing laps or singing with community band, The Hidden Wonders, Danny has been working at the Welby Garden Centre, which was established by Challenge Southern Highlands to offer a range of assisted employment for people with disabilities.  Danny met Jodie Boland, who has an intellectual disability, at work.

Embracing disability and diversity in the workplace

Those with disability experience more discrimination than any other group within society. Of all discrimination cases lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016-17, 37 per cent were on the grounds of disability. Only 48 per cent of working-age people with a disability have a job, compared with 79 per cent of those without disability, according to 2015 ABS data.