Arthur Rogers leading through transformational times”

Micaela speaks with Arthur Rogers, Victorian Disability Services Commissioner. As Arthur finished this role last month, he reflects on his leadership experience through transformational times and discusses the lessons he has learnt. With restrictions in place, Arthur discusses the impact it will have on people, especially those whose interactions are already limited. As Arthur acknowledges that these are challenging times for everybody, he talks about the key things to focus on and gives his advice on managing during these times.

The forgotten workers of Australia’s COVID-19 era

The survey picked up extreme anxiety among workers about their safety in the workplace and the safety of their clients,” Dr Cortis says. “Many described working with very little support, and a lack of personal protective equipment. They also felt stretched, as they lacked access to the additional resources needed to properly support people with disabilities adjust to safe distancing measures.”

Greater Safety For Victorians With Disability

Victorians with a disability will have greater protections thanks to new safeguards introduced by the Victorian Government, which commence today under the new Victorian Disability Worker Commission. The safeguards are part of the Government’s zero-tolerance approach to neglect and abuse of people with disability, developed in response to recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s 2016 Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services.

Stronger protections for Victorian people with disability

All disability workers in Victoria will need to abide by a new code of conduct as part of a plan to better protect people with disability from harm and abuse.  Victoria’s Disability Worker Regulation Scheme begins on 1 July, bringing into effect a code of conduct, mandatory notification requirements for providers and workers around safety concerns, and an independent complaints service.

NDIA Gaslighting Group Providers

In the two weeks since the NDIA announced their new approach to group pricing, we have moved from being shocked, to suspicious, then angry, but we were always deeply confused. So, in case you are in any doubt of your own perception of this change, here are the reasons this is bad NDIA policy at work.

Public awareness campaign: It’s all for a stronger, safer disability sector

Closing date: June 30, 2020

The campaign is aimed at the Victorian disability sector to educate and inform them of the introduction of new regulations for disability workers commencing 1 July 2020, and the launch of a newly established regulator, the Victorian Disability Worker Commission. The campaign provides information about the compliance obligations for a new Code of Conduct and notifications process, including launch of a complaints function.

Ann Marie Smith taskforce finds crucial gaps in NDIS oversight of disability care

“Vulnerable participants are not routinely identified and assigned ongoing support coordination in their NDIS plan,” the interim report states. It found there was no requirement for care providers to allocate at least two workers to cater for each client and no requirement for carers to have regular supervision.

Report points to flaws in disability care

Gaps exist in the system to protect disabled people under government care, with a dozen issues identified by a South Australian task force examining the case of an Adelaide woman who died in appalling conditions. The group’s interim report was released on Tuesday and found 12 areas that required attention, with most within the Commonwealth’s jurisdiction.

Tragic neglect: Who is checking on the NDIS’ most vulnerable?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an effective system of care and support for Australians with a disability as long as they can advocate for their needs, but there is no proactive mechanism to check on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable participants in the scheme.

Disability Service Safeguards – Code of Conduct

The Code sets out the obligations that all Victorian disability workers must abide by and provides a standard to protect people with disability from harm and abuse. The Code is designed to complement the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework to promote a safe and skilled disability workforce within Victoria. The Code adopts the NDIS Code … Continued