Resource Library

Out of Nowhere: a New NDIS Access Request Form

Nice try, NDIA.  Just when you thought we were distracted, you slipped a new NDIS Access Request Form (ARF) onto the NDaIS website. However, it’s hard to go unnoticed when you’re 28 pages and very purple. 

Updated NDIS Operational Guidelines

Operational Guidelines are based on the NDIS Legislation and Rules. They explain what is considered, and how decisions are made based on the legislation. The new guidelines are written in plain English to make it clearer and easier to understand NDIS processes in a more logical way. The new sets of guidelines include ‘How NDIS supports work’, ‘Supports you can access’ and ‘Your plan’.

Building Ministers Communique

The Building Ministers agreed to mandate the Livable Housing Design Silver Level as a standard for all new housing in the National Construction Code. The Gold Standard will also be included in the NCC as a ‘technical referral’ meaning states and territories can decide to upgrade to Gold voluntarily. Whilst there is still work to do to secure a mandatory Gold Standard, this is a big win for people with disability, seniors and indeed all Australians.

Adaptable housing for people with disability in Australia: a scoping study (2021)

In Australia, 4.4 million people live with disability, and 96% of people with disability live in private homes. Many existing homes are inaccessible and finding appropriate housing remains a challenge for many Australians with disability. Improving housing accessibility can and should be achieved in two ways: by ensuring that new homes are constructed to meet minimum accessibility requirements; and by modification or adaptation of existing homes, which is the focus of this report.

Overview of responses to the Rights and attitudes Issues paper

People with disability are often called ‘inferior’, ‘a burden’, or ‘a menace’. They say people assume they are ‘of no value’, ‘not fully human’, ‘objects of pity’, ‘eternal children’ or ‘better off dead’. Many respondents talked about the long term harm such language can have and how this language reflects the ingrained attitudes and discrimination which still exists in Australia towards people with disability.

Why is the Coalition changing the NDIS?

In 2013 the Gillard government brought in the national disability insurance scheme, but now the Coalition government is working on an overhaul. Luke Henriques-Gomes explains how the changes could prioritise cost-cutting rather than the needs of vulnerable people

Regulated restrictive practices with children and young people with disability: Practice guide

This guide and the associated decision trees focus on the use of regulated restrictive practices (RRP) with children and young people aged under 18 years who are participants of the NDIS. The resources aim to: promote the rights of children and young people with a disability identify special considerations and relevant safeguards assist NDIS providers to … Continued

Communiqué

Commonwealth, state and territory disability ministers met on Thursday 15 April 2021 by telepresence. 

Dear Minister Reynolds: NDIS at the Crossroads

The NDIS is the outcome of well over 100,000 Australians from all sides of politics, uniting to demand change through the work of Every Australian Counts. Until recently, it has enjoyed unparalleled bipartisan support in its implementation. Unfortunately, your predecessor Stuart Robert was a divisive leader who seriously undermined the sector’s trust in your government and the scheme’s standing in the broader community.

Summary of responses to restrictive practice issues paper

Restrictive practices limit a person’s rights or freedom of movement and come in various forms. Seclusion, such as locking someone in a room, using restraints like handcuffing someone to a bed or medicating someone to control their behaviour are all examples of restrictive practice. Respondents said restrictive practices can have negative effects on people with disability. This includes trauma, poor health, shorter lifespan and death. They said using restrictive practices can be degrading and cruel. Their use can create a culture which does not value people with disability, and make denying them their rights seem normal.

Summary of responses to employment issues paper

Disability Employment Services (DES) were singled out and concerns were raised about their design and implementation.  Some responses said the very service that was established to help people with disability find and keep a job, is falling far short of what it was set up to do. Responders described how some DES consultants didn’t have specialised disability knowledge or qualifications, and didn’t act in their client’s best interest. 

Disability housing: what does good look like?

Access to appropriate and affordable housing is a key driver to enable people with disability to be full and equal participants in society. Yet while the stock of specialist disability housing has grown over the last few years,2 the sector’s understanding of how these homes facilitate better outcomes once tenants have moved in has remained limited. This outcomes framework was developed to help better understand the impact of housing and in-home supports on the lives of people with disability.

Map Your future

Map Your Future is designed for disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25, but anyone can complete this program.  It is free and online and will help you plan what you want to do in the future. It has information and activities to help you set goals and get the right support to achieve your goals. This program has a lot of information about the NDIS but you can do this program even if you do not get support through the NDIS. 

Family Voices

This podcast series features casual conversations with families of children with disability and/or developmental delay and the professionals they work alongside. The aim is to support and build families’ knowledge, skills and confidence when navigating the early childhood intervention (ECI) landscape. It is also an opportunity for parents to share their individual stories of everyday life in family with a child diagnosed with a disability and/or developmental delay.