Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement under the veil of Anzac Day, that the Turnbull Government intends to dump the original plans to increase the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS, has again devalued Australians with a disability.
Paralympian Kurt Fearnley is leading the charge for furious disability rights advocates angry at the Turnbull government’s decision to abandon a Medicare levy hike to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. “We continue to play politics and kick the can down the road (in terms of securing stable funding). This move will not go quietly,” Mr Fearnley said on Thursday.
Disability advocates warn the move could leave the scheme hostage to the government’s budget fortunes. But Treasurer Scott Morrison says the tax hike was no longer needed because the government had found a way to source the funding through additional unexpected revenue, details of which he said would be revealed in the upcoming budget. Fran Kelly seek clarity from Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan.
Medicare levy turnaround ‘a win for all’, Scott Morrison claims, as disability sector presses for detail
But former disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes said it was only “a win for uncertainty”, a view shared by current commissioner Alastair McEwin and National Disability Services chief executive Ken Baker.
New South Wales disability advocates have breathed a “collective sigh of relief”, after the state government backflipped on plans to cut funding for disability advocacy groups. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams announced on Friday that up to $26 million would be available for advocacy services until 2020.
The Premier announced yesterday that there will be funding for disability advocacy organisations for the next two years in NSW. This is a great first step towards ending the uncertainty for people with disability across NSW who have been campaigning hard to keep their services.
The state government will reverse funding cuts to dozens of organisations that advocate for people with a disability, after sustained pressure from groups that faced collapse.
A new Productivity Commission report has made a number of recommendations for reform in human services, hoping to put people “at the heart of service provision”.
People with disabilities are no longer automatically exempt from jury duty in Canberra, after new laws passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
Every opportunity is the Victorian Government’s three year plan to enhance the economic participation of people with disability in this state. Despite the state’s broader economic success, people with disability continue to face barriers and discrimination which leaves them significantly underrepresented in the workforce – and there has been very little change over the past 20 years.
Last April, Ms Raulli was assessed as needing a level four home-care package — the highest level available. She is still waiting. And she is not alone. The latest figures reveal there are now 101,508 people in the queue for appropriate home-care packages.
The research being carried out by Interchange Incorporated in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first of its kind in Australia and aims to provide an evidence base to inform policy and practice nationally.
Dan Tehan has been appointed the new minister for social services – the fourth appointment to the role in as many years – as outgoing minister Christian Porter takes up the role of attorney-general.
Closing date: February 2, 2018
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The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter, announced Graeme Head as the commissioner on Monday. Head is the inaugural NSW Public Service Commissioner and has held several senior public sector leadership roles at both state and federal levels, including as director-general of the NSW Department of Commerce and deputy secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.