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Launching a National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Barwon region

People with significant and profound disabilities in the Barwon region of Victoria are set to benefit from a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from the middle of next year, after the Australian and Victorian Governments today reached an agreement on arrangements for the Barwon launch site. The trial in Barwon Region will commence 1 July … Continued

Practical Design Fund

Closing date: September 3, 2012

This program aims to support initiatives and resources that would identify practical ways to prepare people with disability, their families and carers, the disability sector and workforce for the transition to a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It aims to produce the following outcomes: People with disability will be supported to participate in and contribute … Continued

Victoria Calls on Prime Minister to Confirm NDIS Trial for Barwon Region in Victoria

The Victorian Coalition Government calls on Prime Minister Gillard to confirm that Victoria will host one of the NDIS launch sites in the Barwon region. Premier Ted Baillieu said Victoria’s proposal meets the thresholds set by the Prime Minister and is consistent with proposals from other states and territories that have already been accepted. “There … Continued

NDIS Talks Stall Despite $50m Sweetener

The federal government is refusing to sign off on the Victorian trial of the national disability insurance scheme, even as the state claims to have sweetened its funding offer by $50 million. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu have exchanged letters in recent days as talks continue between officials. Terms for trials … Continued

It’s Time to Stand Up for Local People With Disability

The Far North community has signalled their strong support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at a community forum held in Cairns today. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas joined local people with disability, their families and carers, local service providers and … Continued

FECCA Urges Full Support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) strongly supports the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and is pleased the Coalition has now given support to its implementation. However, the Chair of FECCA’s Disability Committee, Christian Astourian, said he was disappointed at the comments of the Opposition’s Finance Spokesman, Andrew Robb, who said money … Continued

Call for Mental Health to Be Part of NDIS

The Chair of the newly formed National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), Professor Allan Fels, has called for mental health to be included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, Prof Fels highlighted that the NDIS should extend to people with mental disabilities as well as physical disabilities … Continued

Politics and the NDIS

That ain’t right- how do you explain your refusal to fund the NDIS to the electorate who voted for you – or don’t you believe that Coalition voters have disabilities asks the President of the Victorian Disability Services Board and disability campaigner, Tricia Malowney. I have just heard that the Coalition parties are standing firm … Continued

Frustration for Disability Services as Politics Stalls NDIS

As both sides of politics trade blows over the stalled National Disability Insurance Scheme, host Jon Faine speaks to John Della Bosca, campaign director for “Every Australian Counts”. He says he’s not blaming either side – but he’s not impressed with the failed talks. “Adults, when the have a disagreement, find some middle ground and … Continued

Disability Issue ‘Breaking our Nation’ Heart’

Parties split on disability insurance State Labor and Liberal leaders take opposing stances on the Gillard Government’s planned disability insurance scheme. The Prime Minister has launched a scathing attack on Liberal state governments for playing “cheap politics” in a media blitz this morning as federal Labor tries to break the standoff on disability reforms. But … Continued

Urgent Need to Finalise NDIS Deal

The Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has welcomed the announcement of three NDIS launch sites in the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania from July 2013 as the start of real reform to Australia’s broken disability system. However, we urge the remaining states and the federal government to continue discussions … Continued

COAG Talk – Bailiue’s Response

Listen to Ted Bailieu, Premier of Victoria, making comments regarding Victoria’s position on the NDIS trials after the COAG meting in Canberra.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Update

As you are most likely aware, an agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments on funding a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was not reached at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Canberra today. Victoria submitted a significant and comprehensive bid along with New South Wales that would result in 5,000 people in Victoria … Continued

Labor rules out tax increase to fund disability reform

The Prime Minister has launched a scathing attack on Liberal state governments for playing “cheap politics” in a media blitz this morning as federal Labor tries to break the standoff on disability reforms. But Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has hit back, claiming that the Gillard Government ambushed the states with late changes to a deal … Continued