What On Earth Is Happening With The Low Cost Assistive Technology Threshold?

The threshold for what was considered “low cost” increased from around $500 to “generally under $1,500” in July this year. And according to this update, it was tripled again to $5,000 on 1 October. But, sadly, it seems like this might be an update that is too good to be true. 

The NDIS is changing. Here’s what you need to know – and what problems remain

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Minister Stuart Robert this month announced a number of “practical changes” to the scheme. Acknowledging the NDIS is not consistently living up to expectations, he said these improvements will put it “onto a business as usual even keel for the long term”.

The NDIS Commission’s First Annual Report

The NDIS Commission received 1422 complaints – more than half which came from ‘a person with disability’ or their family or friend. More than half of these related to the very broad category of ‘provider practice’. The complaints process was completed for 1063 of these complaints with less than half being handled within six weeks (47%). 

‘Rather be dead’ than deal with NDIS: user

Ms Warn, who has PTSD, told a parliamentary inquiry into the NDIS that she had been “bullied, berated, intimidated and lied to” as she dealt with bureaucrats in the scheme. “They’ve won. I’ve given up,” Ms Warn said.

Disability providers unhappy with NDIS pricing

More than half of disability providers fear they won’t be able to offer National Disability Insurance Scheme services under current prices, according to a new survey.

NDIS ‘like a half-built plane’

The minister responsible for the NDIS has compared it to a plane taking off while still being built and admits the scheme is not always living up to expectations.

NDIS Minister announces review of pricing following industry angst

There’s growing angst about the financial viability of Australia’s disability service providers, with 75 per cent saying they can’t continue offering services under the current pricing regime. The minister responsible has wasted no time in responding to the concerns, saying he’ll announce a review of the pricing system today.

Core & Capacity Building budgets to be flexible from 1 July

Minister Stuart Robert fronted the National Press Club this afternoon, announcing a plan to deliver the final 20% of the NDIS and “set it up for future success.” The proposed plan has 6 “swim lanes”. These are…

NDIS minister gets CEO Martin Hoffman a payrise

The public servant leading the National Disability Insurance Agency will receive a pay rise following requests from the minister to the Remuneration Tribunal. NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman will take home an additional fixed loading of $166,260 per year until November 2022, on top of his $554,220 salary. 

EAC’s 100 day plan for the new NDIA CEO

We know you have only just got your feet under the desk but you are about to find out that all the folks working at the NDIA have to do a 100 day plan to guide their work. we have put pen to paper and come up with a few ideas to help you get started on your plan. We have built this to-do list based on feedback from thousands of NDIS participants and their families. People who REALLY want the NDIS to work and are doing everything they can at their end to make that happen.