Recommissioned National Disability Insurance Scheme Taskforce

Recognising the important contribution the Victorian NDIS taskforce has made towards the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Victorian Coalition Government today recommissioned the taskforce for a further three years. The contribution of the taskforce has been fundamental in shaping the first stage of the design of the NDIS, launched in Barwon on … Continued

Disability on the Margins

What happens to people with conditions such as borderline intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or mild autism whose disability might not be considered significant to be eligible for a NDIS funding package of supports? In this newsletter experts from various fields discuss the key challenges to this group and how their needs can best be … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme could Cost Billions More than Expected

The National Disability Insurance Scheme could cost billions more than expected, after the cost of the first support plans blew out by almost a third. The minister responsible for the scheme, Mitch Fifield, told the National Press Club on Wednesday that the average cost of care and support plans completed in the first three months … Continued

National Press club Address: Senator Mitch Fifield

In the lead-up to International Day of People with Disability on Dec 3, Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield addresses the Press Club on the topic ‘A Better Deal for Australians With Disability’. Note: Video link provides Auslan interpreter Transcript: Introduction Firstly can I thank the National Press Club for the leadership it … Continued

NDIS News – Issue 4

In this issue: Message from the CEO NDIS rebranding update Assistant Minister for Social Services meets the Board In memory of Lesley Hall International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) NDIS webinar – 6 November Regional update from Tasmania Meet Agency staff Regional events NDIS News – Have your say

DisabilityCare to be Sent to Private Providers to Implement

The NSW government plans to transfer all its disability services to the private sector from next year in preparation for the introduction of the national scheme, DisabilityCare, in 2018. Public service workers are concerned the transfer will mean a cut in their pay and conditions. The transfer is expected to include the redevelopment of group … Continued

How a Forty-year-old Proposal Became a Movement for Change

Amid the often-protracted policy debates of the Rudd and Gillard years, DisabilityCare is widely seen as Labor’s most popular and effectively managed reform. The story begins during the Whitlam years, writes Mike Steketee, and takes in a highly effective community campaign. Julia Gillard rarely let her emotions show, although she probably had more reasons than … Continued

Labor Abandons NDIS Bipartisanship

Jenny Macklin today confirmed that Labor had abandoned a bipartisan approach to the NDIS. In a statement issued today Jenny Macklin stated that the Federal Coalition Government was not committed to the full roll out of the NDIS. This is a lie. The Coalition will honour the agreements between the Commonwealth and the States and … Continued

Fragmented Disability Sector Needs Change

The current arrangements for Australia’s peak bodies on disability are fragmented and confused and in need of an urgent rethink as the National Insurance Disability Scheme becomes a reality, according to one of the country’s main disability rights organisations. Not for Profit rights and advocacy organisation People With Disability Australia, which led the campaign for … Continued

Back to the NDIS Future

DisabilityCare Australia has now officially reverted back to the original name of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) under the new Coalition Government – a move welcomed by the Not for Profit sector. “Going forward, the Agency will be known as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA),” the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency David … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme News – Issue 3

In this issue: Message from the CEO The NDIS journey for Lynne Foreman Practical Design Fund spotlight: Ability House Regional update from South Australia Meet Agency staff Notices From 20 September 2013, the name DisabilityCare Australia will revert to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Going forward, the Agency will be known as the National … Continued

Equal but Different

With the launch of the new national insurance scheme, DisabilityCare, disability is for once high on the public agenda. Many Australians now agree that the previous system failed those in need and they thus support this long-overdue reform. What is more, there is finally real money on the table, money that can help address the … Continued

Assessment of Acquired Brain Injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Guidance for Disability Care

In early 2013, Brain Injury Australia was funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Practical Design Fund to develop a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI). The key results of this research were: guidelines for appropriate protocols for engaging Aboriginal and … Continued

Jenny Macklin Laments Loss of Focus on DisabilityCare

FORMER minister for disability reform Jenny Macklin has written to members of the sector lamenting the fall of the portfolio from the cabinet under the incoming Coalition government. “I was disappointed to learn yesterday that the minister in charge of delivering DisabilityCare has been quietly demoted,” she wrote in an email yesterday. “It is deeply … Continued