Disability groups fuming at levy backflip

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.

Turnbull Government fully committed to delivering NDIS, Tehan says

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.

NSW Government commits to disability advocacy funding

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.

Round One Won – but there’s more to do!

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.

 Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020

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.

Government scrambles to respond to growing queue for home-care packages

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.

New Research Measures the Value of Volunteers for People With Disability

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 Appointed New Minister for Social Services

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.

Review of the Vulnerable people in emergencies policy

Closing date: February 2, 2018

This Discussion Paper is an opportunity for the broader emergency management and community services sectors to provide feedback and raise ideas about how the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable Victorians can be enhanced during an emergency. It presents an opportunity to identify gaps in the current policy framework and offer contemporary solutions. The objectives of … Continued

Inaugural NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner appointed

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.