Disability at Centre of Budget for the First Time in Australia’s History

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes says seeing the NDIS funded in last night’s federal budget was “nothing short of inspiring” but he’s disappointed that people with disability will be disadvantaged in two other areas. Speaking from Canberra, Commissioner Innes said while the decision to fund the NDIS was made weeks ago, its official status … Continued

The Day the Steel Melted

Julia Gillard once spoke of having been a shy, reserved child who had grown a shell hardened by the rigours of politics and who had learnt the arts of ”holding a fair bit back, and hanging tough”. ”If that means people’s image of me today is one of steely determination, I understand that and I … Continued

Gillard’s Tears in Parliament

The Prime Minister becomes emotional introducing the NDIS funding plan in parliament, and MPs across the party divide agree the issue is important and distressing for Australians.

Boom of 25,000 Jobs Tipped with Disability Insurance Scheme

More than 25,000 jobs will be created in the disability sector in Victoria when the national disability insurance scheme is fully implemented, according to industry research. As bureaucrats prepare to launch a DisabilityCare Australia pilot program in Geelong from July, federal government agency National Disability Services has begun an advertising campaign to attract workers to … Continued

Disability Care and Support – Inquiry Report

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. Amongst other things, the inquiry examined: how a scheme should be designed and funded to better meet the long-term needs of people with disability, their families and carers how to determine the people most in … Continued

Coalition Delivers More Support for People with Disability

The Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to more support for more people with disability will be demonstrated again in the 2013-14 Victorian Budget. Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge announced today that the 2013-2014 Victorian Budget includes a significant funding increase of $224 million, taking the total annual disability funding … Continued

Bring on the Vote

The major political players agree to vote on disability insurance before September’s election, but accuse one another of playing politics.

Wait Over on Disability Levy Laws

The major political players agree to vote on disability insurance before September’s election, but accuse one another of playing politics. After days of political brinkmanship, Julia Gillard has confirmed that she will bring to Parliament the legislation for an increased Medicare levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Speaking at a press conference in … Continued

Myer Slammed Over Disability Levy Comments

The backlash against Myer, after it remarked that the NDIS levy would harm business, demonstrates the power of social media. Myer has attempted to “clarify” its position on the National Insurance Disability Scheme Medicare levy following a backlash to comments yesterday from chief executive Bernie Brookes. Mr Brookes yesterday told a Macquarie Securities conference that … Continued

Reaction to Federal Agreement on DisabilityCare Levy

The Government has secured the qualified support from the Coalition for a levy to in part fund the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. Yesterday we spoke with Canberra woman Sally Richards who has long campaigned for national disability care and Sally joins us again today to give us her reaction to the Coalition’s support for … Continued

Labor Wants ‘Wide-spread Support’ in Parliament for Levy: Macklin

The timetable for the introduction of a half a per cent levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, ‘DisabilityCare’, remains uncertain. Speaking to Fran Kelly this morning Jenny Macklin said that Labor only wanted to introduce the levy if it had ‘wide-spread support’ in the current parliament.

Dealing with Disability

The Federal Government’s plan to lift the Medicare levy is aimed at helping over 400,000 Australians who have adisability and their families. Fran spoke with Sally Richards whose son Jackson was born 27 years ago with a profound intellectual disability.

Pressure on MPs to Back Disability Scheme

Supporters of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will target Labor MPs in marginal seats to place pressure on the Gillard government to fully fund the scheme in the May budget. Campaigners Every Australian Counts will on Thursday urge their 150,000 supporters to contact Labor’s most endangered MPs such as Western Sydney MP Michelle Rowland, and … Continued

DANA begins development of an NDIS online Advocate Education Tool

As part of the NDIS Practical Design Fund, DANA has been commissioned to develop an Online NDIS Education Tool for Advocates to assist them in their advocacy work in relation to the NDIS. DANA has contracted David Craig of Adegget Consulting to seek the advice of people with disabilities and advocates about the tool content. … Continued

‘DisabilityCare’ Criticism Censored

The Federal Government has been accused of censoring criticism of its rebranding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. People with Disability Australia (PWDA) President Craig Wallace has questioned a decision to remove responses and comments from Your Say, the Federal Government’s online National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) forum. Earlier this week the National Disability Insurance … Continued