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Senator Jordon Steele-John: ‘Disabled people must be at the centre of Senate NDIS review’

After promising to put disabled people at the centre of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Labor did not choose those who are open about their disability to chair the NDIS Senate committee, set up in July. Instead, it appointed Labor Senator Libby Cocker as chair and Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes as deputy chair, despite Western Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John’s offer to chair it.

Police focus on NDIS fraudsters as reports rise

w crackdown on providers taking advantage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been predicted to catch many fraudsters after a Queensland woman was jailed and another charged over alleged fraud offences.

First chancellor with acknowledged disability to fight ‘attitude problem’

Australia’s first university chancellor who identifies as having a disability says things have improved since the days when his law studies revolved around whatever resources he could obtain in Braille or reel-to-reel audio tape. “I had a smaller range of material,” said lawyer and disability advocate Graeme Innes, who was born blind. “My challenge was that I had to know that material better than other students who could research more broadly than I could.”

99 per cent of rentals out of reach for Australians on disability pension, royal commission hears

On any night there’s an estimated 116,000 homeless people in Australia and the majority of them have a disability. “Having nowhere to go after hospitalisation … that’s one of the difficulties I faced,” she said. “You just feel nothing, you’ve got nowhere to go, you don’t really have the ability or the finance to feel anything, so it’s nothingness.

What the hell is Tier 2?

Ten years since the introduction of the NDIS, and it’s time to look hard at the rollout of the Scheme and what’s missing. One key area is any services or supports for disabled people outside individualised plans.

Exclusive: Disability Representation in the NDIA’s Highest Ranks

How are the NDIA and the sector performing when it comes to employing disabled leaders? Only 5.7% of NDIA Senior Executive Services positions are held by people who identify as disabled. This equates to 4 out of 71 senior positions. Yet the NDIA’s Corporate Plan 2021-25 reveals that it aims to employ disabled people in 11% of its senior executive positions.

Govt wants to ‘close the gap’ on employment outcomes

Barriers to employment will be a key focus of the Jobs and Skills summit and Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth has said she wants to ‘close the gap’ on employment outcomes for Australian’s living with a disability.

Bad News And Good News People With Disabilities Need To Hear Today

Do people with disabilities need to continue learning more about ableism, discrimination, persistent inaccessibility, and social and economic injustice? Or, is it better for their overall outlook and mental health to focus on good news — about successful disabled people’s achievements, opportunities offered by new technologies and innovations, and empowering ways to think about disability itself?

Revolving door of teachers most affects students with special needs

Students with disabilities have been the worst affected by the upheaval caused by this year’s severe staff shortages in Victorian schools, according to principals, education experts and the students themselves.

A little less conversation, a little more action needed on disability employment

“I hear revolting stories where, you know, people overhear their managers saying, ‘oh, we have to interview these people because they’ve come through the RecruitAbility framework, but we’re certainly not going to have them on our team’… it’s prejudice. Straight up.  Unfortunately, Ryan said, even companies working in the disability sector are getting this wrong, operating without a person with disability at the helm or within the leadership team — including the NDIS.

DES sector gets shakeup in wake of Royal Commission

The minister’s move is being lauded by many in the disability community.  Writer and advocate El Gibbs tweeted that people with disability had long been campaigning for changes to the DES system.