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The greatest blessing for disabled Australians would be one of us as the Disability Minister

As disabled people, we are too often overlooked, underestimated and dismissed by non-disabled people. Too often we’re met with a “good on you champ”, or there’s a unique type of wide-eye, raised-eyebrow stare that comes when strangers realise the kids you are picking up from school are yours.

Lawyers leave NDIS agency in droves as challenges to decisions double

Dozens of lawyers have quit the agency that runs the National Disability Insurance Scheme in recent months as the organisation comes under pressure for spending tens of millions of dollars on external legal fees fighting against its own clients.

Reform agenda for problem-plagued NDIS

Australians with disability could look forward to a fairer NDIS should Labor win the upcoming election, the opposition has said. At the heart of the announcement was a promise to co-design changes to the NDIS with people with disability and the sector, and to boost the number of people with disability on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) board.

Bill Shorten attacks NDIS boss as Labor promises overhaul of $30bn scheme

Labor has promised an overhaul of the national disability insurance scheme’s appeals process as Bill Shorten launched a stinging attack on the leadership of the agency’s current boss, Martin Hoffman. Unveiling the opposition’s vision for the $30bn scheme on Tuesday, Shorten said if elected the party would hire another 380 agency staff and crack down on rorting providers and the NDIA’s use of consultants and private law firms.

Explainer: New changes to the NDIS Act

On 30 March 2022 the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (Bill) was passed by Parliament. The Bill will amend the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act).  In this Explainer, we aim to assist participants and advocates by summarising and analysing the major changes to the NDIS Act. 

Disabled Workers In Aus Are Being Paid As Little As $2 An Hour & What’s Worse Is It’s Legal

The inquiry is specifically looking into Australian disability enterprises (ADEs), where people with disabilities can find employment separate from mainstream workforces. The problem? ADEs are getting away with modern slavery, paying workers with disabilities as low as $2 an hour. The worst part is it’s completely legal.

Supported Independent Living: Broke or Broken?

For many years, providers have been delivering the support within complex systems that are often poorly funded and with a structure determined by funding bodies. When the NDIS came along and categorised supports in the home, SIL was the category most closely aligned with the block-funded model. The NDIA used “SIL” and its quoting tools primarily to enable the transfer of state- and territory-supported accommodation residents into the national Scheme.

Labor promises review of National Disability Insurance Scheme, crackdown on rorting

Labor will launch a sweeping review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in a pledge to make the $30.8 billion system deliver better services to more than 500,000 people if it forms government, warning that money is being wasted while Australians are denied help.

Defending the NDIS: A policy examination

The NDIS is a case study in the crucifying complexity of policy and service delivery. It is also a case study in the failings of digital government services. This is quite a statement about a national program that commenced transitioning to full scheme operations just six years ago on 1 July 2016, having commenced in trial … Continued