Participants voice is central to building better Scheme

The panel, made up of 28 organisations with demonstrated connection to people with disability, will offer support so that participants can take part in co-design, consultation and engagement opportunities. It was selected after an extensive selection process.

Analysis: Draft NDIS Act

The draft legislation of the new NDIS Act is finally here, marking the beginning of the end of what has been an anxious and emotional journey for the disability community. The Act was dropped last Thursday by the Department of Social Services (DSS) for a period of public feedback. Additionally, they have introduced new Rules.

NDIS participants in lockdown areas to gain greater flexibility

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has introduced a temporary measure to further support participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, with those in lockdown areas no longer needing to use their support funding to pay someone to cook and shop for them.

Working towards co-design

The agreement or compact will be focused on building and strengthening the mutual relationship between the NDIA, Council and disability sector.  It will explain how we want to work together including an agreed definition of co-design and how it will be applied to potential Scheme improvements.

Why the Federal Government’s story about NDIS funding differences doesn’t add up

New data about NDIS costs has been released by Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds and the NDIA in the last week or so. Here’s our quick analysis on what the Federal Government is getting wrong in its story about well-off people with disability in the cities getting more funding than people in rural and regional areas.

Rick Morton on… Tales from the NDIS crypt

Journalist and author Rick Morton was hugely popular at WTFH. Now he’s back in episode 34 with loads of juicy insights. You’ll want to break out the popcorn for this one.

New supports for NDIS participants to find specialist housing

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC has announced two new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) advancements for NDIS participants, following a successful roundtable with the SDA sector today.

Reform needed before new NDIS funding deal, says minister

The Commonwealth says the states must agree to reform the National Disability Insurance Scheme before finalising a new joint funding agreement in two years, as new data reaffirms the cost of the multibillion-dollar program is spiralling towards unsustainability and not delivering the results it was meant to.

Behind the scenes of a powerful campaign: a case study

Advocates for the rights of people with disability have long experience in successful and high-impact campaigning.  Below, the Every Australian Counts campaign shares some of the backstory to their recent success in fighting off the Federal Government’s plans to introduce independent assessments under the NDIS.

NDIS now supporting 466,000 Australians and their families

The latest National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) quarterly report shows the world first scheme is continuing to grow at a record rate.  Minister for the NDIS Minister Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said today’s report shows we have much to celebrate as a nation.

Better off NDIS participants receive more funding on average

This revelation seems to be consistent across all age groups, however, one peak body says that, unfortunately, this has been the case for a while and is not new information, it has only now been recognised by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Extended crackdown on NDIS fraud

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is extending the NDIS Fraud Taskforce to crack down on dodgy providers and ensure participants get the supports they need.  Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today announced the Taskforce will be extended indefinitely to protect the integrity of the Scheme and the participants it supports.