Changes to NDIS Independent Advisory Council

Robyn Kruk AO has been appointed as the new Principal Member and is joined by four other new members, Tricia Malowney AOM, Sam Paior, Mark Tonga and Sharon Boyce, who bring a diverse suite of experience in various aspects of the disability sector, disability advocacy, and sensory, physical and intellectual disability.

2020/21 Price Guide Update – this time, with prices!

Between Fair Work Wage decisions, CPI, changes to the NDIA’s Disability Support Work cost model and the removal of the COVID-19 loading, this Price Guide has seen upward and downward pressures on hourly pricing. The overall impact is not an increase in price limits but an approximately 5-7% reduction in most prices. 

Experiences with NDIS services during COVID-19 research project

The NDIA is working with the University of Melbourne about the changes made to the NDIS in response to COVID-19. By completing a short survey,  participants, their families and carers have a chance to share their experience of interacting with the NDIA and the Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will also help us to understand how NDIS participants have found using telehealth to access allied health services.

NDIA Gaslighting Group Providers

In the two weeks since the NDIA announced their new approach to group pricing, we have moved from being shocked, to suspicious, then angry, but we were always deeply confused. So, in case you are in any doubt of your own perception of this change, here are the reasons this is bad NDIA policy at work.

Delivering the NDIS plan: more choice and flexibility for SDA

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced more flexibility and increased choice for participants to live with their families, friends and partners. Changes to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rules mean couples will be able to share a bedroom where they choose to do so, and children will be able to share a room with their parent or siblings.

Autism review concerns NDIS users

The National Disability Insurance Agency has been working for months on a secret report that will lock in the evidence base for different autism interventions and support packages, but advocates fear it could be used to cut costs if it is not made public.

Former Melbourne model and ballerina with rare ‘cocoon syndrome’ has NDIS claim rejected

Ms Clabassi said she had finally been granted a disability support pension last month after a long battle with Centrelink. However, after applying to the NDIS to get extra help and equipment around the home, Ms Clabassi said she was rejected last month. “They are saying they can’t classify it as being a permanent disability. Then what the hell is it? Is it the cold? Is it the flu?” she said.

New banning powers strengthen protections for NDIS participants

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, said that the NDIS Amendment (Strengthening Banning Orders) Bill 2020, which will be introduced in Parliament this coming sitting, will further reinforce protections in the NDIS legislation for participants of the NDIS. ‘The NDIS Commissioner, who is responsible for regulating NDIS providers and enforcing the NDIS Code of Conduct, will be granted additional banning powers to prevent people who may pose a risk of harm to participants from entering or re-entering the NDIS,’ Minister Robert said.

Unsafe carers face bans from entering NDIS

NDIS Minister Stuart Robert is planning to introduce the proposed powers to federal parliament within the next two weeks. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission would be able to draw on sources outside the scheme to determine a ban, including a worker’s history at aged or child care centres. People with Disability Australia spokeswoman El Gibbs said the new powers would be the first step towards improving safeguards in the NDIS.

Tragic neglect: Who is checking on the NDIS’ most vulnerable?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an effective system of care and support for Australians with a disability as long as they can advocate for their needs, but there is no proactive mechanism to check on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable participants in the scheme.

Delivering NDIS: annual price review leads to simpler, more flexible scheme

he NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue is being released ahead of the new market settings becoming effective on 1 July, consistent with the commitment made to provide greater certainty and clarity for the 364,000 participants receiving NDIS supports and their providers. Mr Robert said there were new initiatives included in the Price Guide that would better empower people with a disability to find employment and support people with psychosocial disability to achieve their goals.

Sex and the NDIS: the Case That Has Everyone Talking

The Federal Court recently decided it was reasonable and necessary for an NDIS participant to receive funding for sex work. Sara digs into the must-read details of this fascinating ruling.