A Sydney dad who lost his hands and feet to deadly infections says he may be forced to live away from his eight-year-old daughter because of errors made in a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) report.
‘This strategy is all about giving more people with disability, who have the desire and capacity to work, better access to the right supports to achieve their employment goals while breaking down barriers
Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, today released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard – landmark guidelines that will spur a new era of housing construction and enhancement for Australians with disability. The SDA Design Standard will guide architects, builders and the community as they look for new and better ways to build specialist housing for people with disability.
The scheme that was meant to ease the suffering of disabled Australians has caused frustration for many.
Only a tiny proportion of appeals that people with disability bring to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) are actually heard by the tribunal – the rest are negotiated by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The independent body set up to ensure the quality of the National Disability Insurance Scheme revealed it had received almost four complaints a day in its first year of operations – a total of 1422 complaints over the year.
A spokesperson for the NDIA said while the NDIS provides some assistance, the states and territories are responsible for making transport accessible.
The head of People with Disability Australia, Jeff Smith, was pleased by the staffing boost and welcomed Hoffman’s appointment but also called on the NDIA to keep looking for opportunities to employ people with disabilities.
Martin Hoffman has been appointed chief executive of the National Disability Insurance Agency for a three-year term starting on November 4. Hoffman, who was a department head in the New South Wales public service until April this year, will take over the challenging job fresh from a short-term role guiding a program of reform in the Department of Human Services signified by its rebranding as Services Australia.
During a session at the Victorian Homelessness Conference, panellists from across the social sector discussed how the NDIS was catering to people with disability who were homeless or at risk.
People with disability are afraid to challenge problems in their National Disability Insurance Scheme funding plans because they have been told they risk having other services cut if they do so, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
A parliamentary inquiry is investigating the NDIS. Source: AAP
A lack of specialist support services has meant Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds struggle to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme, advocates say.
A woman living in the Ballarat region with a rare leg amputation has spoken out about her two year battle to secure funding for a prosthetic leg through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
For the past five years, the National Disability Insurance Agency has squabbled with state governments over who pays to support children with a profound disability. In that time, hundreds of families have been pushed to the brink. The care they were promised never came.
This guide outlines the process for completing an Access Request form. It also includes information regarding how GPs can access further resources through the National Disability Insurance Agency which can assist them in supporting their patients in the application process.