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Barwon Push for Disability Funding

Geelong is likely to be a key testing ground for the Commonwealth’s multibillion-dollar new disability insurance scheme in a move welcomed by locals. The Baillieu government yesterday said it would ask the Gillard government to choose the Barwon region as one of the program’s launch sites, a move that means disabled locals will be among … Continued

NDIS Would Be More Effective Under Coalition

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the Coalition would be more likely to deliver an effective NDIS because, under his leadership, the government would produce the strong surpluses needed to fund it. However, Abbott fell short of completely endorsing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), saying the Productivity Commission has much work to do and the … Continued

Ramping Up Accessible Information and Representation for People with Disability

Australians with disability will benefit from improved access to the ABC’s Ramp Up website with an additional $557,700 investment from the Australian Government. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and, said the funding would ensure the website continues to provide a forum for discussion about disability in Australia. “Ramp Up is a lively online … Continued

Delivering Emergency Respite Support for Carers

An independent evaluation of the Australian Government’s $8.8 million Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability has found the program is well targeted and is making a real difference in the lives of carers and their families. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas said the review by … Continued

Disability Service Providers get Ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

Sixty-four organisations will receive grants of up to $30,000 from the Australian Government to help them get ready for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said the NDIS Readiness Fund is part of the Australian Government’s $3.1 million investment to help Australian Disability Enterprises prepare for … Continued

Hockey at Odds with Abbott on Disability Scheme

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has accused the government of a ”cruel hoax”, arguing the Labor Party has announced a National Disability Insurance Scheme without the funding to back it up. His stance, outlined in a budget reply at the National Press Club today, puts Mr Hockey at odds with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s call for … Continued

With Better Digs Comes a Happier Life

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 19 and her marriage broke down when it all became too much, but Katy Skene considers herself one of the lucky ones. At the age of 31, because there was nowhere else for her to go after a two-month stay in hospital, Ms Skene was moved into a … Continued

Disability in Indigenous Communities; Addressing the Disadvantage

By any measure, Aboriginal people with disabilities are amongst the most disadvantaged Australians. They often face multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within their own communities and the wider community. This continues to occur for a range of reasons including the fact that the vast majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with disabilities do … Continued

Disability Representative Organisations Welcome Funds for NDIS

AFDO and PWDA tonight warmly welcomed the strong commitment made in the budget to the development of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The allocation of $1billion over 4 years will go towards the building blocks of a revolutionary new scheme, which will eventually replace the current broken, unfair and underfunded system across the country. … Continued

Funding the First Stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Gillard Government will deliver $1 billion over four years to start rolling out the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The first stage of an NDIS will begin in mid-2013 and will provide care and support to around 10,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities in up to four locations across … Continued

Disability Groups Hail $3bn Insurance Plan

Disability groups are “relieved and excited” the government plans to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the budget, a process they say could cost more than $3 billion over the next four years. This money would cover the $550 million cost of setting up the National Disability Insurance Agency to run the scheme and … Continued

NDIS Readiness Fund

  Applications are currently open for the NDIS Readiness Fund. Australian Disability Enterprises are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $30,000 from the Australian Government to help them prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). These grants can help with the costs of new equipment or services such as training sessions. Australian … Continued

Better Deal For People With A Disability

Amendments to the Disability Act 2006 will help protect the rights of Victorians with a disability while cutting red tape for service providers, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today. The Disability Act 2006 established a flexible support system based on a person’s choice, their individual requirements and with the aim to help people with a … Continued

Vision for Sustainable Supported Employment

The report of the Advisory Group appointed to provide strategic advice to the Australian Government for a ten year Vision for people with disability in supported employment has now been released. The report sets out the Advisory Group’s vision for the supported employment sector, underpinned by a series of principles and eleven recommendations. It is … Continued

New Funding to Help Australian Disability Enterprises Prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

A $3.1 million investment by the Australian Government will help businesses that employ people with disability to prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas announced funding today to help Australian Disability Enterprises prepare for reform in the way we deliver disability care and support. … Continued