“We are listening, and will be consulting with people with disability and their families, the disability services sector, ministers and officials from Commonwealth and state governments and the NDIA as part of this review.”
The Morrison government’s review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme must focus on improving the quality of plans, and not just on cutting wait times and red tape, disability advocates say.
David Tune AO PSM has been appointed to conduct a review of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) legislation and rules, which in turn will inform the development of the Morrison Government’s promised NDIS Participant Service Guarantee. Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, said the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 will focus on streamlining NDIS processes.
Disability groups, along with Labor and the Greens, are calling for the removal of commissioners John Ryan and Barbara Bennett due to to conflict-of-interest concerns. Despite growing community pressure, the Morrison government is standing by the appointments. “This will get messy before it has even started,” Mr Fearnley said. “I think it might be time to look out the window and see what the voices of people with disability are saying.”
The motion highlighted that both these Commissioners were “decision-makers of public service institutions which will be the subject of investigation and examination during the Royal Commission and have significant and unmanageable conflicts of interest which are highly likely to jeopardize the integrity of the Royal Commission.
The Senate has called for two disability royal commissioners to be dumped over potential conflict of interests stemming from their work as public servants.
Victorian Youth Governor Olivia Beasley feels privileged to have been born into a deaf family where everyone could communicate using Auslan. But for the 95 per cent of deaf children who are born into a hearing family, this early access to sign language is often lacking.
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: First Workshop held in Melbourne
On Tuesday 18 June 2019, Commissioners of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability welcomed disability advocates from across Australia to the Commission’s first workshop in Melbourne.
The Prime Minister held a round-table meeting in Sydney yesterday with senior National Disability Insurance Agency executives and conceded the effective delivery of the scheme was an “enormously big task”.
Former opposition leader Bill Shorten has been appointed shadow minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Labor’s new-look shadow cabinet, while Andrew Leigh will continue to work with the charity sector as shadow assistant minister.
The biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years have passed the Parliament thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed the first ever dedicated minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as part of a major cabinet reshuffle in wake of the federal election. Liberal MP Stuart Robert will enter cabinet as the minister for the NDIS after the scheme was taken out of the social services portfolio.
In Scott Morrison’s victory speech he said he would govern for “all Australians”. That statement gave many people with disability hope that they would have a stronger voice and that their needs would be given higher priority by the government in this parliamentary term.
Newly re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison says fixing problems in the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be an immediate priority for the federal government, as the social sector reacts to the Coalition’s stunning election victory. This pledge has been welcomed by disability groups, who say they intend to keep the prime minister to his word.
While attention has been paid to disability access at polling booths and assistance is available for voters with a disability, some advocates feel more could be done to make the actual casting of the vote more private for people with a disability.