The Australian Federal Police allege the western Sydney syndicate fleeced more than $10million in NDIS funding in what’s alleged to be the largest exploitation of the agency in its eight-year history.
COVID-19 has done many things to people with disabilities. Along with visiting higher rates of death and suffering on us, as well as just plain fear, it has also highlighted some of our unique strengths. One of them is our ability to face and navigate difficult dilemmas few others face quite the way we do. But strengths usually come with a cost.
Diversity policies, especially when it comes to disabled people, are often created and implemented by decision makers with very different life experiences to those who their policies affect most. We would never expect economic policy to be crafted without input from economists and bankers. We should demand the same for disability policies, if we want to create the change needed to produce inclusive societies.
In Australia, many employees are living with a disability as part of their daily life. By providing the right support, employers can instil inclusive workplace practices and enhance diversity.
The Australian Greens have called on the Morrison Government to urgently prioritise disabled people, and disability support workers, in the national vaccine roll out after it was revealed that just 6.5% of this cohort have received their first dose.
Australia’s more than 6000 disability homes were to be among the first to receive vaccinations under phase 1a of the plan released by Mr Hunt in January. But a parliamentary COVID-19 committee heard on Tuesday that just 93 group disability homes – or about 1500 of the 25,000 residents – had received their first vaccinations.
The NDIA has released new operational guidelines and a statement of the underlying principles used to develop participant plans, as part of a number of significant improvements being made to the NDIS. NDIA CEO, Martin Hoffman said the guidelines will give NDIS participants clearer information about creating and using NDIS plans, to ensure they can make best use of their NDIS funding.
He said the assessments were not independent and should be called “robo-planning” because, like robo-debt, they applied a mathematical formula in ways it should never be used. “Robo-planning could be used to exclude participants, cap plans or change the NDIS eligibility criteria,” said Professor Bonyhady, who was the inaugural chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency from 2013 to 2016.
In blistering evidence to a parliamentary inquiry examining the controversial proposal, Bruce Bonyhady said it was a disgrace that what he described as “robo-planning” hadn’t already been abandoned.
Able Australia representative Chandi Piefke says she is yet to be presented with a plan from the government to vaccinate people living with disabilities. She said her clients were part of the 1a group and Able Australia was now looking at taking the matter into their own hands and transporting patients to their local GPs for vaccination.
Fears NDIS assessment model could re-traumatise domestic violence survivors and put them at risk of harm
“If family violence and risk factors are not identified, it could put a victim-survivor at imminent risk of harm and is likely to lead to an inaccurate assessment and plan that does not consider the specific support and safety needs of a victim-survivor.”
The CYP guide is based on the conditions outlined in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Restrictive Practices and Behaviour Support) Rules 2018 and has been developed “to acknowledge that children and young people with disability require special consideration and safeguarding in order to protect them from harm whilst actively promoting their development and upholding their legal and human rights.”
The Morrison government has decided to delay introducing mandatory independent assessments for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, in a move strongly welcomed by disability groups.
The internal research found staff were “struggling with the amount of information … and do not feel they can adequately support participants through the changes”, while “inconsistency of message delivery is affecting participant, staff and partner trust”.
Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren’t left behind
Disasters like flooding can worsen social inequalities around health and housing. For people with disability, however, the effect can be especially profound.