Gillard Government Listens to Sector on Not For Profit Reforms

Following extensive consultation with the not-for-profit sector, the Australian Government announced it will extend the start date of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to 1 October 2012. Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler said that the three month extension would provide more time for the sector and Government to … Continued

Better Deal For People With A Disability

Amendments to the Disability Act 2006 will help protect the rights of Victorians with a disability while cutting red tape for service providers, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today. The Disability Act 2006 established a flexible support system based on a person’s choice, their individual requirements and with the aim to help people with a … Continued

Another Boost for Pensioners and Income Support Recipients

More than 4.5 million Australians, including 3.4 million pensioners, will soon receive an increase in their income support payments to help meet their cost of living. From 20 March, single people receiving the maximum rate of Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, as well as veterans’ income support recipients, will receive an extra … Continued

A Review of Early Intervention Therapies for Children with Autism

The Australian Government has welcomed a report reviewing the most effective models of practice in early intervention therapies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The report was produced by the Australian Autism Research Collaboration and will help the Government to ensure its Helping Children with Autism package is as effective as possible. Senator Jan McLucas, … Continued

Helping More Australians With Disability To Find Work

A record number of people with disability are receiving assistance to help them find and keep a job, thanks to the uncapping Disability Employment Services (DES). More than 97,000 people have been placed into employment through DES in the past two years, and more than 148,000 people are now being serviced by DES providers nationally … Continued

Changes to the Ministry – Summary

The former NSW premier Bob Carr will join the Senate and take the role of Foreign Affairs Minister after Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed her new cabinet on Friday Cabinet changes: Bob Carr – Minister for Foreign Affairs. Until he takes his place in the Senate, Craig Emerson will continue to act as Minister for … Continued

Government Continues to Demand the Best Employment Services for Job Seekers with Disability

The Australian Government’s response to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee’s Report, ‘The administration and purchasing of Disability Employment Services in Australia’ was tabled in the Parliament today. Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said that the Government was committed to ensuring that people with disability have access to the best possible … Continued

Building a Strong and Responsive Human Services System

Support for people across metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria will be strengthened through major changes to the structure of the Department of Human Services. The changes were announced by Secretary Gill Callister, following a review of the department guided by an expert panel on government structure and strategy. The Department of Human Services … Continued

Vision for Sustainable Supported Employment

The report of the Advisory Group appointed to provide strategic advice to the Australian Government for a ten year Vision for people with disability in supported employment has now been released. The report sets out the Advisory Group’s vision for the supported employment sector, underpinned by a series of principles and eleven recommendations. It is … Continued

New Funding to Help Australian Disability Enterprises Prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

A $3.1 million investment by the Australian Government will help businesses that employ people with disability to prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas announced funding today to help Australian Disability Enterprises prepare for reform in the way we deliver disability care and support. … Continued

Improving Schooling for Students With Disability

A new group which brings together parents, teachers, young people with disability and peak bodies to advise the Gillard Government on issues affecting students with disability has met for the first time today. Minister Assisting for School Education Brendan O’Connor opened the inaugural meeting of the Schools Disability Advisory Council, part of the Government’s continued … Continued

ACOSS Hails Means Testing of Private Health Insurance Rebate

The Australian Council of Social Service has warmly welcomed the passing of important legislation through the House of Representatives today that will lead to means testing of the private health insurance rebate. “This makes sense in terms of equity and the long term sustainability of our vital health system,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. … Continued

Supporting People with Disability into Work

Australians with disability will receive greater support to help them into work where possible under legislation introduced into Parliament today. The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Disability Support Pension Participation Reforms) Bill 2012 introduces new participation requirements for Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients who have some capacity to work. The Bill also introduces more … Continued

Supporting Decision Making

This guide has been developed to provide managers and staff across all disability funded programs with: an overarching statement of Disability Services’ position in relation to supporting people to make decisions as part of self-directed approaches. helpful hints for implementing practical solutions to a range of issues such as hearing the voice of people with … Continued