Deliver NDIS on Time and Get it Right

The national peak cross-disability body People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has urged the Australian Government to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on time while investing the effort needed to get it right. This follows the release of the capability review by the National Disability Insurance Agency Capability Review. The Review found that the … Continued

NDIA Capability Review

Today I release an independent review of the capability of the NDIS Agency (NDIA), which is charged with delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The review was commissioned by the Board of the Agency in response to my requests in December last year for their assessment of the early operation of the Scheme and … Continued

A Strong Voice: Self-Advocacy’

‘A Strong Voice’ is the third webinar from the National Disability Insurance Agency held on 27 February 2014. This is an uplifting discussion on self-advocacy, and how people with disability take control of their own lives to speak for themselves. The panel of guests discuss ways that self-advocacy  helps them to make informed choices about … Continued

NDIS Administration could be Contracted Out

DAVID MARK: Figures were revealed this week showing the trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are running above the budget. The Federal Minister in charge of the NDIS, Senator Mitch Fifield, says he’s still committed to delivering the scheme in full. But the Treasurer has flagged concerns that it’s blowing out as he … Continued

NDIS Workforce Strategy Development Underway

The Abbott Government recognises that a strong, responsive and NDIS-ready workforce is key to making a better deal for people with disability a reality. The Government has kick-started the process for developing a National Disability Insurance Scheme Workforce Strategy with a report into workforce issues. National Disability Services (NDS) has been contracted to deliver the … Continued

Funding Disability Advocacy: An Economic and Human Rights Imperative’

This pre-budget submission to Treasury reiterates the need to fully fund and deliver the NDIS and implement the National Disability Strategy, with the main focus on the need to increase funding for disability advocacy. This submission is available in PDF and Word formats from the DANA website.

NDIS Quarterly Reports

Each quarter the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) prepares a report on its operations for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council in accordance with section 174 of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. The quarterly reports provide the COAG Disability Reform Council with information, including statistics, about participants in each jurisdiction … Continued

NDIS Information Translations

NDIS information for people with disability, families and carers is now available in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. An Easy English summary has also been developed. All information sheets are available for download from the

Labor Slams NDIS Privatisation Call

A potential sell-off of the National Disability Insurance Scheme agency would betray disabled people and their carers, the federal opposition says. During a senate inquiry on Wednesday, the chairman of the Abbott government’s commission of audit, Tony Shepherd, refused to rule out recommending a sell-off of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which is tasked … Continued

Disability Funding is No Charity, it’s an Investment

Treasurer Joe Hockey warned earlier this week of a “massive blowout” in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if the system wasn’t made more efficient. This follows subtle re-positioning of the government’s stance on the NDIS since the election. Tony Abbott referred to the scheme as a “trial” rather than a “launch” after the recent … Continued

Policy Statement: Recommendations and Outcomes from the Parliamentary Roundtable Discussion

In March 2013, NEDA and the National Disability and Carer’s Alliance (NDCA) held a parliamentary roundtable discussion to present five key position statements in regards to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the needs of individuals from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CaLD) with a disability

Mal Brough Appointed to Chair NDIS Committee

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appointed Member for Fisher Mal Brough to Chair the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said the committee will serve as a symbol of unity. “(It will) also provide a forum where questions of design and implementation can be posed … Continued

Lessons from Launch Site

This newsletter provides updates on the Alliance’s NDIS engagement project. In this issue: Blog: Lessons from the launch Case study: Getting to grips with the NDIS Launch site Q&A with Disability Alliance Hunter Launch site case study: Carer Results: NDIS survey Launch site case study: service provider Minister gives NDIS “early report card” Forum: Getting … Continued