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

Napthine Urged to Sign on to Disability Scheme

Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has called on Premier Denis Napthine to immediately sign up to the full National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mr Innes said the Victorian government had created uncertainty for thousands of disabled people by not signing up to the full scheme. ”It is very cruel to play with people’s lives in … Continued

Praise for Macklin After Disability Scheme Clears Final Hurdle

Legislation setting up the National Disability Insurance Scheme has cleared its final parliamentary hurdle on Thursday, sparking a rare congratulations for the government from the opposition benches. Coalition MPs warmly praised the government and Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin after the House of Representatives on Thursday accepted amendments the Senate made on Wednesday. Ms Macklin … Continued

National Disability Insurance Scheme Victorian Bulletin

The Victorian Government NDIS e-bulletin from the Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge, outlines the latest work during the launch of DisabilityCare Australia in Barwon and to prepare for the scheme’s broader roll-out across Victoria from July 2016. If you wish to receive future bulletins directly,  email

Government Announces New Name for NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is to get a name change to ‘DisabilityCare Australia’ following the NDIS Bill passing the House of Representatives in Parliament. The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin said that the new name reflects the principles of the NDIS that all Australians with significant or profound disability receive the care … Continued