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Expensive, cruel and ineffective: disability royal commission hears of costly mistreatment in prison

This week the disability royal commission heard tales of abuse and neglect from people with disabilities in youth detention and adult prisons. One woman described being constantly dropped while being moved in and out of her wheelchair and said she was denied physiotherapy to slow the progression of muscular dystrophy. An Indigenous man said he was denied his antidepressants and asthma puffer. A hearing-impaired man said he didn’t have an Auslan interpreter for weeks.

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.

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

Funding for Multiple Disabilities

It won’t surprise many readers that people live with multiple disabilities. But when a person requests funds for a support related to a disability not listed on the access request form or in the NDIS system, the NDIS can be unnecessarily difficult. 

Guardianship Law: a human rights approach Natalie Wade Jun

As a disability rights lawyer who represents people with disabilities and their families every day, I know that there is often a lot of confusion and fear around guardianship laws; especially about why they exist. This article is designed to fill you in on how these laws came to be and what role they have in a modern Australia that acknowledges the human rights of people with disability.

Four arrested over $2 million NDIS scam

The AFP has said the four people arrested have ties to organised crime gangs. Three of the four had posed as disability service providers. Money was allegedly being claimed from NDIS participants for services that were never received. 

NDIS recipients are being sued by their service providers

Joshua and Nicole’s case highlights a problem in the NDIS system where recipients of services end up taking on legal liability in the case of a dispute over payment.  Jo Evans, a senior solicitor in the Consumer Law team at Legal Aid NSW, says she’s more and more concerned about the number of cases she’s seeing of NDIS recipients being sued or facing action from debt collectors over unpaid invoices.

Could AI help make the law more accessible for disabled people?

We all enjoy legal rights, including the right to live free from discrimination. But how easy is it to use the law to uphold those rights?  Could ‘chatbots’, a form of artificial intelligence technology, help make the legal system more accessible for people living with disabilities?  

Prisons and the NDIS

You understand this is a sensitive topic but as a provider of disability supports, you know further punishing people in prison will disproportionately disadvantage people you work with.

Police responses to people with disability

This report finds some police responses to people with disability are inadequate and can be ‘damaging’ to their well-being. Many people with disability who end up in a life-long cycle of disadvantage and incarceration come into contact with police due to their disadvantaged circumstances and their inability to access effective social services. The evidence presented in the report indicates justice systems across Australia in many cases enable, rather than prevent, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.