As a royal commission into disability care begins, it emerges that key emails relating to the NDIS are held on a private bank server and cannot be accessed.
Every Australian Counts director Kirsten Deane said problems with the scheme were to blame for what the government called a lack of demand and slow uptake.
In October 2018, the family of a severely disabled man became so concerned about bruises he was suffering while living in full-time care that they asked for them to be investigated. Almost a year later, the Donaldsons are still waiting for a finding into what happened to Sam Donaldson, who is 33, non-verbal, and, due to his mental disability and severe autism, functions more like a three-year-old.
Only 25,192 people with psychosocial disability have accessed the NDIS (9 percent of all people on the NDIS), with the original estimated uptake set at 64,000 once the full scheme was rolled out.
The most substantial changes relate to the introduction of Disability-Related Health Supports, resulting from a COAG agreement announced in June. More than 90 disability-related health supports will be funded under the NDIS.
“I see the heartbroken families of people who try and try to get funding but can’t, robbing them to be independent, contributing members of society. Fix it.”
The federal government spent $4.6 billion less on the National Disability Insurance Scheme than expected because of delays getting people into the program, new budget figures reveal.
National Disability Insurance Agency hamstrung by staffing cap: ‘I shake every time I go to make a call’
Blowouts in processing times under the National Disability Insurance Scheme are being driven by an arbitrary cap on the number of staff the agency can employ, MPs have been told.
Most of the outstanding issues over the operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme should be ironed out by the middle of next year, federal minister for the program Stuart Robert says.
The findings cover how Australia is doing with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities, and covers positive developments, areas of concern, as well as listing the committees recommendations for Australia to action. The Report recognised the positive work that Australia has undertaken. However, the Report also revealed that the committee is deeply concerned … Continued
So much in the world of disability policy is opaque. The NDIS itself is a Byzantine twist of acronyms and policies within policies that manage – some say, by design – to defeat those it was intended to serve. Especially if they happen to be poor, without formal education, a person of colour or a migrant. Is administrative impenetrability a form of abuse? It is the first abuse, disability activists say.
Between the dual Consolidated Revenue sinkholes of NBN Co and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, there’s never been a better time to be a management consultant. Since its establishment in 2013, the National Disability Insurance Agency’s spending on consultants has been quite extraordinary.
“Today’s revelations … of senior executives in disability services dining out on the disabled is yet again another symptom of the core problem … there is sickness at the heart of the NDIS.”
Four of Australia’s major disability groups argue the NDIS needs a “sexuality policy” to cover a broad range of needs such as adaptive sex toys, services from sex workers and sex therapists – as well as education about sexuality and relationships.
In June, the NDIS announced prices for this financial year. This included the introduction of a 7.5% loading as a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP) to assist providers transform their businesses to operate in a competitive market.