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.

Pay to get paid: NDIS workers raise concerns about gig economy platforms

Murdoch argues if any other business told workers they “had to pay 1.5% to access their pay this week, people would be kicking up a bit of a stink about that”. “I’ve earned that money, I’ve worked hard for it – yet I’m having to pay a fee to access it in a timely manner.”

NDIS ‘must be more culturally appropriate’

The head of the First Persons Disability Network, Damian Griffis, said Indigenous people with a disability should be supported to stay in their own communities. He advocated providing training to people in the community, rather than fly-in, fly-out health-care models, because it would be more beneficial and cost-effective.

Confessions of a burnt-out Support Coordinator

Burnout. It’s one of those words in the disability sector that can feel overused. And yet, perhaps its frequent use is a reflection of the sheer number of people impacted by it.

Disability services not always suited to digital, report reveals

The Provider Choice research report, COVID-19 and the NDIS, found that for many participants, digital delivery of services was inadequate during the pandemic, and face-to-face was preferred, in a finding that has implications for how people with disability recover now.

Uberisation’ of the disability sector threatens provision of care

The platforms that connect workers with clients in this new gig-style approach “act purely as intermediary platforms… [taking] no responsibilities regarding the safety of the work environment for workers, or the quality of the work provided to the participant beyond a basic safety level”, according to the report.

Annual Report 2020-21

This report measures the use of restrictive practices and compulsory treatment reported by disability services. In 2020-21 environmental restraint was reported for the first time. This is the second report to reflect substantive transition to the NDIS and reporting on the new function of authorisation.

Sensitive NDIS health data breached in client platform hack

CTARS – a cloud-based client management system provider for NDIS, disability services, out of home care and children’s services – revealed this week that an unauthorised third-party had gained access to its systems on 15 May.

Testimony at the disability royal commission

Testimony to the disability royal commission this week described a culture in which people were “seen as a dollar figure” and in which management and staff did not report serious incidents.

Young men abused by disability worker

The family of a young disabled man abused by a carer has never received an apology or compensation from the service provider, a royal commission has been told.

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.

Best practice to service Australians living with a disability focus of future action plan

Families and social services minister Anne Ruston says a new action plan and guide will be developed for ‘disability confidence training’ for professional service providers. “We’re hoping to provide educational institutions and professional bodies with the tools they need to incorporate disability awareness and confidence into their training.”

NDIS participants stuck in Canberra hospitals amid bureaucratic delays

The paper revealed that administrative delays were the main barrier to discharge of “long stay” disabled patients in states including Queensland and Victoria.  But a range of other barriers were reported, including a lack of housing options or supports for patients after their release.