New data demonstrates backlogs for children with disability in accessing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been slashed over the last six months.
The Victorian and NSW governments have accused the Commonwealth of holding back $1.7 billion in extra funds for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to prop up its promised budget surplus.
The task force set up to investigate fraud in the National Disability Insurance Scheme is under-resourced and dysfunctional, a whistleblower claims.
Frustrated doctors have admitted to cutting corners to ensure children with disabilities can access government funding sooner.
Mr Higgins, who had previously worked with the Australian Federal Police for 27 years, says there are only about 15 people all up, trying to deal with fraud in the scheme. “It’s simply too much fraud for too few people,” Mr Higgins told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
The NDIS has fundamentally changed the nature of work in this sector, and the reality is that the current funding model is failing to attract and retain a qualified, motivated and suitably compensated workforce, writes Fran Connelley.
Children’s access to disability funding depending on where they live dubbed ‘developmental apartheid’
Children with developmental delays such as autism have become the victims of postcode discrimination, with some in poorer suburbs waiting hundreds of days for the crucial diagnosis often needed to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). An ABC investigation has exposed how a child’s access to early intervention therapies under the multi-billion-dollar scheme can depend on where they live, in what some are describing as “developmental apartheid”.
As a provider, you need to make sure you know and understand the NDIS Price Guide. Your organisation needs to comply with Australian consumer law, as well as treat your customers fairly and charge in accordance with the rules. With the NDIA introducing a long list of changes last year, let’s recap some of the most important rules…
Almost one in 20 staff at the National Disability Insurance Agency are employed in communication and marketing roles. New figures released by the auditor-general have exposed the number of media “spinners” at each federal government department.
Investigating the impact of NDIS market settings on participants with a psychosocial disability and providers
Closing date: March 2, 2020
Pre-NDIS, psychosocial supports were delivered by a skilled workforce with specialist capability and competence to practice in ways that promote recovery, as well as identify and appropriately intervene to prevent relapse, psychiatric crises and suicide risk. The type of providers, workforce and nature of supports traditionally provided to people with a psychosocial disability is evolving under the NDIS. This project will determine if differential market settings are needed to ensure providers are able to respond effectively, safely and viably to the unique needs of NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability. Have your say by completing a survey.
Closing date: October 20, 2019
More than 300,000 people around Australia receive services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS. Another 160,000 need to be brought into the scheme. So, what’s working and what’s not?
Australian government releases whitewash report after more than 1,200 people die waiting for disability services
In a desperate act of political damage control, the Liberal-National Coalition government last week belatedly released an official review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The report offered a series of limited recommendations intended to quell the “dissatisfaction” and “anger” among NDIS applicants and recipients.
As clients receive their approved plans through the NDIS, the DET has been withdrawing service provider funding, with all DET ECIS funding to service providers to cease on 31 March 2020, with funding for children commencing school in 2020 concluding on 29 February 2020.
The Australian government’s $15bn scheme for people with disabilities has resulted in a flurry of hi-tech products for the sector. And the recipients say these grants have empowered them to invent and tailor-make the services and apps they need.
The Morrison government has vowed to cut wait times and red tape for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants, after an independent review found people were confused and frustrated by delays plaguing the program.