Australia NDIS Gets App with Blockchain: What Could Go Wrong?

Disabled Australians will soon receive an app that implements a welfare compliance system devised by the same individuals who created robo-debt. However, this is not at all good news. The point is that it is evident that the Australian government intends to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on punishing your failures rather than theirs.

Local MP chairs inquiry into NDIA

An inquiry will be held into the Geelong-based National Disability Insurance Agency, which runs the NDIS.  Corangamite MP Libby Coker is the chair of federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee, which will be running the inquiry.  She said it would be looking into how to identify and improve the NDIS operations, focussing on its capability and culture.

Inquiry to probe NDIA’s ‘capability and culture’

It will focus on the “operational processes and procedures” employed by the NDIA, as well as the “nature of staff employment”, and the impact this has on the “experiences of people with disability and NDIS participants trying to access information, support and services from the agency”.

Disabling the disabled

People living with a disability are waiting 160 days on average for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to get them out of hospitals, even though they have been found fit to leave,

Government to provide jobs for people with disabilities

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said at the federal government’s jobs and skills summit that it will team up with the Business Council of Australia to establish a disability employment initiative pilot after reaching a memorandum of understanding. “Everyone deserves the dignity of work, and people living with disability, once employed, should also be supported into leadership roles,” she told the summit.

Senator Jordon Steele-John: ‘Disabled people must be at the centre of Senate NDIS review’

After promising to put disabled people at the centre of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Labor did not choose those who are open about their disability to chair the NDIS Senate committee, set up in July. Instead, it appointed Labor Senator Libby Cocker as chair and Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes as deputy chair, despite Western Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John’s offer to chair it.

Line of sight: Refocussing Victoria’s adult safeguarding laws and practices

This report draws on de-identified stories that starkly illustrate the impact of the system failures on adults who are at-risk. It identifies gaps and failures in the current framework and makes seven recommendations to improve Victoria’s safeguarding laws and practices for all at-risk adults. The recommendations aim to ensure that we do not lose sight … Continued

Greens senator unleashes on Government over NDIS move

Mr Steele-John is the only federal politician who uses a wheelchair, yet his bid to become the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was voted down by the major parties during the fist sitting week of parliament.

The administrative burden of forms can stop people getting the services they need

Forms are innocuous, dry, and often boring pieces of bureaucratic technology that most people consider as an inconvenience. But despite their relatively innocuous nature, forms play a critical role in the collection of information and often represent a filtering mechanism in gaining access to programs or support in the modern welfare state.

Calls for people with disability to lead NDIA

Closing date: August 2, 2022

Advocates say it is time for the National Disability Insurance Agency to be led by those it serves.  Interview with Christina Ryan who heads the Disability Leadership Institute.

Opportunity knocks as new minister assumes NDIS role

To achieve this improvement will require an immediate uptick in collaboration between interdepartmental taskforces to discuss and resolve cases collaboratively, regular sector roundtables and an elevation of the Office of Disability’s role (in states that have established such an office) to have larger oversight and a co-ordination role.

We Need the Leadership of Persons with Disabilities’, Secretary-General Tells States Parties to Convention, Calling for Inclusion on All Fronts

This fifteenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important moment for stocktaking and reflection. With 185 ratifications since its adoption in 2006, the Convention has crystallized the commitment of the international community to realize an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world for all.