Labor’s Budget Leaves Disabled People Behind

In last night’s budget, the Labor Government removed $14.4 billion from the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This is a deliberate decision that will leave disabled people and the community worse off while the government spends records amount on fossil fuels and weapons.

Budget 2024: Disability advocacy funding doubled over next four years

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth has stressed it is her paramount concern the rights and freedoms of people with disability are at the centre of government efforts. “The rights of people with disability must be maintained and valued, and people with disability deserve to have a say on the policies and programs that affect their … Continued

New reports on systemic advocacy insights and advocacy survey

The National Centre for Disability Advocacy (NCDA) has now published two significant reports that offer an overview of the state of disability advocacy around the country. The Advocacy Workforce Survey Report provides valuable insights into the demographics and challenges faced by individual workers in the advocacy sector. The Systemic Advocacy Insight Report highlights the systemic … Continued

Music Works Grants

Closing date: April 18, 2024

Music Works Grants supports Victorian-based contemporary music industry artists or industry professionals across all genres and career stages to undertake projects with creative and/or commercial outcomes. Funding can be used for the creation of new works, collaboration and partnerships, professional development, marketing, tour support, and more. There is a dedicated Deaf and Disabled stream. Applications … Continued

Speak up for independent advocacy campaign

We are urging the Australian government to significantly increase funding for independent advocacy organisations who directly support people with disability.

More advocacy funding to support Victorians with disability

The Victorian Government will provide $1.8 million for advocacy funding to help Victorians with disability and their families continue to access advocacy support when they need it. The investment will ensure disability support agencies under the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program continue to play a key role in creating a safer and fairer Victoria for all. … Continued

Grants to support disability self-help groups is now open

Closing date: December 14, 2023

A new round of Victorian Government grants to support disability self-help groups is now open. Grants of up to $7,000 a year for up to two years are available to assist Victorian disability self-help groups to operate. These grants can help groups to meet some of the costs associated with providing social, emotional and practical … Continued

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building – Social and Community Participation 2023-24 Grant Opportunity

Closing date: October 6, 2023

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via an open, competitive grant process to apply to deliver services under the Social and Community Participation (SCP) stream of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program from April 2024 to June 2026. Funding of up to $50 million will be available to deliver one-off, time-limited activities to … Continued

Dancing into the room where it happens for arts funding

Introducing herself at the inaugural meeting of a federal arts funding body, Caroline Bowditch showed a photo of herself dancing on a table at the age of five. “I rather fancied myself as Olivia Newton-John,” she told AAP. Bowditch, who describes herself as a proud disabled person and wheelchair user, has been dancing and performing for as … Continued

New Grants Aim to Enhance Disabled Community Participation

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill Shorten said the programs funded by these grants will help build the capacity of people with disability and better connect them with their communities.

NDIS participants slam ‘discriminatory’ price gouging in review

National Disability Insurance Scheme participants say they get charged more than double the cost for the same service an able-bodied person could get from an allied health professional, an independent review into the $35 billion-a-year scheme has highlighted.

What does the Victorian State Budget mean for people with disability?

Students with disability and transport are the main winners in this year’s budget.  $235 million will go towards students with disability and their families, along with expanding out of school hours care availability to accommodate their needs.   For Victorians that are unable or unwilling to drive, $190 million will be used to cap public transport fares at the metro rate.  A further $601 million will be spent to build 23 VLocity trains, and $219 million will go towards morel V-Line services, including extra weekend services on major regional train lines. Similarly, $32 million will be set aside for the Students with Disabilities Transport Program, which provides transport assistance for students with disability to attend specialist schools.

Budget clearly signals ‘NDIS is here to stay’, with more to do on housing and economic security

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the Treasurer’s assurance that ‘the NDIS is here to stay’ in his budget speech. However, tonight’s budget has more to do on housing and economic security measures that would bring comfort to the disability community. “We welcome the Government’s commitment to work with the disability community in implementing the … Continued