Own Motion Inquiry into Aspects of Supported Accommodation in the NDIS

The Inquiry examined reportable incidents and complaints made to the NDIS Commission in connection with the supported accommodation services (specifically group homes). The Inquiry’s purpose was to enable the NDIS Commissioner to identify trends in issues occurring in supported accommodation, what is causing those issues, models of best practice to eliminate or address these issues, and how the NDIS Commission can use its powers to support the delivery of higher standards of support in these settings. 

State of the Disability Sector 2022

the report is based on responses from 364 disability service providers from all over the country who took part in the annual State of the Disability Sector Survey. The latest report reveals a difficult operating environment for most providers, but there are some glimmers of hope, with a cautious expectation of positive change. Notably for the advocacy sector, when asked whether there is sufficient advocacy for people the disability sector supports, 73% of survey participants disagreed or strongly disagreed, with only 14% agreeing or strongly agreeing that there is sufficient advocacy.

Big cash injection for disability services

A $437.4 million package of changes over three years included extra operational funding for the NDIS, support for people with disability and their families taking cases to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and an $18.1m review of the scheme’s design and operations.

Strong growth in aged and disability care revealed in census

The number of people working in aged and disability care has grown by more than 70 per cent in five years.  That’s according to the latest tranche of results released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from the 2021 Census.

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.