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Guy: Big boost for children and families with autism

Today the Liberal Nationals are announcing the beginning of a revolution for families with autism with one of the largest single investments in autism support, totalling more than $50 million over four years, should the Liberal Nationals be elected to government in November. As part of this revolution, the Liberal Nationals will implement a 7 point plan of practical and hands-on support for children with autism and their families.

The funding model for aged care is broken, so how do we fix it?

Like health care, aged care is heavily subsidised by the government, meaning the taxpayer, with the balance picked up by those receiving care who can afford to pay. But big investment corporations also play a big role in helping to grow the sector and improve the living standards of residents. They claim the funding model is broken and are waiting for the government to clearly explain how it’s going to cater for an ageing population, and greater demand, before backing the sector again.

PM rules out probing disability providers

The commission will be dealing with in-home care and young people with disabilities in residential aged care, but won’t look at disability organisations more broadly. “It’s important that we keep the focus of these inquiries. If they become an inquiry into everything, they become too broad,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Aged care royal commission should include disability sector as well, argues Greens senator Jordon Steele-John

As the first person with a disability to sit in the Upper House, Senator Steele-John said he often heard of horrific cases of abuse in the disability sector. “We speak every day with each other about people who have died because of the neglect they have been subjected to,” he said. “I’m talking about being locked in rooms, I’m talking about being kicked, I’m talking about being spat at and restrained.

Disability advocates question scope of Royal Commission

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the royal commission on Sunday, and said it would primarily examine the quality of care provided in aged care to senior Australians, while also including young people with disability living in residential aged care settings. Disability advocates also praised the announcement, but expressed dismay their ongoing calls for a royal commission into violence and abuse affecting the broader disability community had been ignored.

Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020

Closing date: September 30, 2018

Minister for Housing Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley today announced $6 million for advocacy funding, to help Victorians with disability and their families access timely and targeted advocacy support when they need it. The funding will allow disability advocacy organisations to help an extra 300 people per year, with a particular focus on those who … Continued

Transfer of disability accommodation and respite services

August 2018, the Victorian Government announced it will transfer government operated disability accommodation (also known as Supported Independent Living) and respite (Short Term Accommodation and Assistance) services to five not-for-profit providers.

NFP providers chosen to deliver disability services under NDIS

A group of not-for-profit providers have been selected to deliver disability accommodation and respite services currently operated by the Victorian government, as part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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.

Veteran Labor MP Jenny Macklin announces retirement after 22-year career

Veteran Labor frontbencher Jenny Macklin is retiring after almost 23 years in federal politics, making her the longest-serving woman in the history of the House of Representatives. Ms Macklin was a forceful advocate for the national apology to the Stolen Generations made by Kevin Rudd. She was also one of the architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) established by the Gillard government.

DHHS Disability Action Plan 2018-2020

Closing date: July 18, 2018

The Disability Action Plan for 2018-2020 is open for consultation. The plan will outline the Department’s  commitment to enhance the health and wellbeing of people with disability. A draft plan has been developed after consultation with staff and people with disability and includes actions that we think will help make our workplace, services and programs more inclusive and accessible. But we need to check-in to see if we’re on the right track.

Disability groups call for accessible ICT in public service workplaces

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has pledged to promote and monitor accessibility guidelines, after 25 disability groups jointly called for the procurement of accessible information and communications technology (ICT) in the Australian Public Service.

Australia needs lasting consensus on NDIS funding

People with disability, their families, carers and advocates deserve the certainty of a National Disability Insurance Scheme which is sustainable, writes Bruce Bonyhady. Fortunately, a blueprint for the best way forward – which would also strengthen the sustainability of the NDIS – is clear from the Productivity Commission reports on the NDIS in both 2011 … Continued