National Disability Insurance Scheme Draft Rules Released

The Australian Government has released draft rules that will guide how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works for people with disability, their families, carers and service providers. The rules support the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012, which is currently before the Australian Parliament. The Bill establishes the NDIS, including eligibility criteria and what … Continued

Levy or GST Rise Could Fund Disability Insurance, Says Lawyers’ Group

A lawyer’s body has warned of a funding risk to the national disability insurance scheme. Australia’s Goods and Services Tax could be broadened or a Medicare-style levy considered to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a top lawyers’ body believes. The Australian Lawyers Alliance says Labor’s proposed $8 billion-plus NDIS is a necessary social … Continued

Concerns Over Disability Draft Law

The agency given the job of launching the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will not be allowed to fund legal help for people who want to review its decisions, under a draft law. The draft National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill allows its launch transition agency to give prospective and existing participants of the scheme financial … Continued

Government Warns of NDIS Scam

The Federal Government has warned people to beware of contact from anyone claiming to work for the Government who tries to make them pay an administration fee to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas, issued a joint statement … Continued

NDIS Bill – Time for Closer Examination

As more than a thousand submissions have been made to the Senate Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation, the President of the Victorian Disability Services Board and systemic advocate for inclusive practices, Tricia Malowney puts her magnifying glass over the Bill. OPINION: Over the holidays among my light reading was the NDIS Bill. … Continued

COAG Progresses the National Disability Insurance Scheme

At the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra today, all governments took a major step towards giving people with disability the care and support they need over their lifetimes by signing an Intergovernmental Agreement for the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Agreement provides the foundation for all governments … Continued

Disabled Children More Likely to be Abused

This morning Children with Disability Australia will unveil a policy position paper outlining the problem of abuse and neglect of some of the nation’s most vulnerable kids. There’s hope that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will address the fact that children with a disability are more likely to suffer abuse and neglect. Interview with  Dr … Continued

National Disability Scheme to Begin Next Year

The Prime Minister is increasing pressure on Queensland and Western Australia to sign up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. While neither side of federal politics has explained how they will fund the $15 billion-a-year scheme, there is funding for the five launch sites, due to start in July 2013. Guests include: Jacqui Pierce, NDIS … Continued

PM Tells of Pride in Disability Scheme

Disabled Victorians will not be guaranteed the protection they need under draft laws for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Victorian government has warned. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had said few actions in public life had given her greater pleasure than introducing the disability scheme on Thursday. ”The scheme is ambitious, and necessarily so,” she … Continued

A Great Step Forward For People with Disability

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes today applauded the tabling in Parliament of legislation to create a National Disability Insurance Agency. “People with disability have – for far too long – remained poor and excluded from Australian society due to a service system that is broken and broke,” Commissioner Innes said. … Continued

Legislation for a National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government today released the draft National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill, ahead of its introduction into Parliament later this week. The Bill has been shaped by what we have heard from people with disability, their families, carers and disability organisations across Australia. State and Territory Ministers have also provided feedback on the Bill. … Continued

Disability: We’ve got the Sense, Now for the Dollars

When Jenny Macklin stepped up to the podium at the National Press Club last month to talk up the country’s first national disability insurance scheme, an elephant lurked ominously at the back of the room. The Minister for Disability Reform spoke with genuine passion and excitement about a looming revolution, telling her audience the scheme … Continued

Easing the Burdens on Disabled and the People who Care

Thereare 410,000 families in Australia for which the introduction of the national disability insurance scheme legislation in Federal Parliament this week will represent a monumental day in their often difficult lives. The mother who cannot take her eyes of her autistic child for a moment lest he run out to the street. The husband who … Continued

The Road to NDIS: Lessons from England about Assessment and Planning

The authors, Dr Simon Duffy from the UK’s Centre for Welfare Reform and Robbi Williams from JFA Purple Orange in Adelaide, conceived the paper several months ago as a way to contribute to the design of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia. The paper explores the NDIS concept as a pathway of decisions, … Continued