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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.

Unpaid carers facing significant economic disadvantage

Unpaid carers in Australia face a significant economic disadvantage, research reveals, prompting the launch of a campaign to bridge the gap between unpaid care and workforce participation.

ILC Grants Announced: One Step Forward?

awarding ILC grants, with the announcement of the outcomes of their new non-competitive, ‘invite only’ ILC Remote Grants.

Redesigning the role of disability support practitioners

It is hoped a collaborative project between leading disability providers will redesign the role of disability support practitioners, helping to increase choice and control for clients and improve the effectiveness and job satisfaction of workers.

Children and women with disabilities, more likely to face discrimination

“Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see the disability before it sees the child, the risk of exclusion and discrimination remains,” Georgina Thompson, a media consultant for UNICEF, told IPS.

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.