Board and Independent Advisory Council of DisabilityCare Australia

The Australian Government has appointed a long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia, Bruce Bonyhady AM, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of DisabilityCare Australia. The Board will set the strategic direction of DisabilityCare Australia and play an important role in safeguarding its financial sustainability, including by commissioning and considering actuarial advice in its … Continued

DisabilityCare Fact Sheets and Publications

There are a number of resources available for people with disabilities, service providers and families and carers. For the community: Brochure: Information about DisabilityCare Australia For providers: Transition to DisabilityCare Australia Registering as a provider with DisabilityCare Australia Support for the sector Tracking supports Doing business online Launch information by state For people with disability: … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme Rules

The National Disability Insurance Scheme operational rules consists of a series of documents including: Becoming a Participant Rules – These rules prescribe criteria against which the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency (DisabilityCare Australia) must consider an application from a person or entity to be approved as a registered provider of supports, … Continued

Shortage of Workers May Put DisabilityCare at Risk

The national disability insurance scheme DisabilityCare Australia is at risk of ”grinding to a halt” unless enough workers can be trained to provide care by the time the program is running in 2018, according to community sector workforce analysis. Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council chief executive Rod Cooke said there was a critical … Continued

DisabilityCare Now a Reality but How Can we Protect its Future?

Legend has it that before the introduction of Medibank (now Medicare) in 1974, then-prime minister Gough Whitlam convinced the premiers at a Commonwealth-states meeting to introduce a national disability insurance scheme similar to New Zealand’s comprehensive insurance scheme, which was established in 1972. But during a meeting break, his treasurer Bill Hayden apparently persuaded Gough … Continued

Support for Indigenous people with Disability: $900,000 Over Three Years

Indigenous people with disability will benefit from a $900,000 funding package announced today to improve access to national disability support services. The First People’s Disability Network Australia will receive the funds over three years to assist Indigenous Australians to understand and access support from the newly-created DisabilityCare Australia. Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said the … Continued

Disability Scheme to be Bigger than First Estimated

The number of people expected to be covered by DisabilityCare has been revised up by 50,000 because of population growth and a decision to allow those who enter the scheme before the age of 65 to remain in it after they turn 65. In its blueprint, the Productivity Commission estimated the scheme would provide support … Continued

Disability Funding Laws Speed through Parliament

Legislation to fund DisabilityCare Australia has passed Federal Parliament. In a quick turnaround, the package to increase the Medicare levy was passed by the Senate on Thursday afternoon, a day after it was put to the House of Representatives. On Wednesday it was introduced by an emotional Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who choked back tears … Continued

Disability Scheme Shows the Best in Us

DisabilityCare Australia may be Julia Gillard’s enduring legacy. In a budget week of deficits and billion-dollar figures, of cuts and thrusts across the body politic, there was a moment of unifying commendation. Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard rose to give the second reading of the Medicare Levy Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013. It was … Continued

Government Lives up to its Commitment to People with Disabilities

Locking in future funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski Education Reforms is a serious and immensely exciting investment in the future of people with disabilities, their families and for all Australians” said Andrea Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Advocacy Network Australia. “The 2013-2014 Budget has delivered the certainty and security … Continued

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