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Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series and
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A recent case before the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal, Ferris v State of Victoria  VSCA 240, serves as a reminder for employers that they can be found guilty of unlawful discrimination even if they were unaware of their employee’s disability, or the discriminatory effect of its requirements on individual employees.
The Australian Government and state and territory governments have agreed interim solutions to ensure people with dysphagia do not fall through cracks between mainstream health systems and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIA will today announce a new pricing tier for self-care, social and recreational support for Participants with "very complex" support needs. The long overdue new loading will be set at 10.3% and will be effective from February 2019. The Australian has reported that around 10% of Participants will be funded for supports at this level.