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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

Disability support worker shortage leads to 20yo autistic man being put in hospital

A 20-year-old autistic man has been “languishing” in a country hospital for nearly a month because his family cannot find suitable skilled support workers. Ryan Croft’s family said they had to admit him to Bunbury Hospital because they could not find the right support for his destructive and sometimes violent behaviour.

Kate Toholka starts Disabled Mums group for fellow mothers living with disabilities

Disabled Mums is described as a different type of mothers’ group. The growing online community is a safe space for mums with disabilities to connect and bond over parenthood journeys. Founder Kate Toholka has navigated living with a disability since she was a child and created Disabled Mums due to the difficulty of finding support … Continued

Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning

After being evicted from her short-term accommodation to make way for tourists, flood victim Margaret was left with nowhere else to go. “I would have been homeless, living out of my car with two dogs,” the 79-year-old said. After panicking all afternoon about where she would end up, Margaret, who asked that her surname not … Continued