Former investigator flags NDIS fraud woes

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 second NDIS shock absorber: The disability workforce

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”.

NDIS Price Guide 2020

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…

Disability agency stacked with media staff

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.

NDIS What’s working, what’s not

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?