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Faster hospital discharge for NDIS participants

Minister Shorten said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing an operational plan to reduce the time taken for participants to be discharged from hospital.

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”.

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.

What the hell is Tier 2?

Ten years since the introduction of the NDIS, and it’s time to look hard at the rollout of the Scheme and what’s missing. One key area is any services or supports for disabled people outside individualised plans.

Exclusive: Disability Representation in the NDIA’s Highest Ranks

How are the NDIA and the sector performing when it comes to employing disabled leaders? Only 5.7% of NDIA Senior Executive Services positions are held by people who identify as disabled. This equates to 4 out of 71 senior positions. Yet the NDIA’s Corporate Plan 2021-25 reveals that it aims to employ disabled people in 11% of its senior executive positions.

Access to support for working-age Australians with disability without individual NDIS funding

More than 500,000 Australians with disability receive individual funding through the NDIS to purchase services and supports to meet their disability-related needs. But the overwhelming majority of the 4.4. million Australians with disability are not NDIS participants. This research examines if and how people with disability aged 18-64 years who are not NDIS participants are finding and using any support and services they need to participate in society and the economy.

Quarterly report minus the boring stuff

When a new quarterly report is bestowed upon the NDIS observant and faithful, it provokes a complex set of emotions. The truth is that quarterly reports, like most things in this world, have their pros and their cons.

Financial impact of timely NDIS funding for housing and support

The SDA provider experience report shows there are more than 1,000 vacancies in new, purpose-built homes. The report shows that the vacancies are not due to a lack of demand, but because of issues with the NDIA’s role as ‘market steward’. That includes slow, inaccurate decisions by the NDIA on housing and providing a lack of accurate demand data for example.

NDIS fraud reports reveal the scheme’s weakest points

The most worrying reports include NDIS participants being threatened with violence, extorted or threatened with being involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility if they do not agree to hand over their budget entitlement.

People with intellectual disability can be parents and caregivers too – but the NDIS doesn’t support them

Child protection statistics are a sober reminder of the vulnerability these families face if they fall between the cracks of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mainstream support services. Parenting should be treated as an activity of daily living for people with disability and then supported – rather than ignored – to ensure the best outcomes for parents and children.

NDIS alarm bells must not go unanswered

Then there are the criminals who prefer more of a hands-off approach, using accomplices such as doctors, pharmacists and accountants to exploit loopholes by variously billing for “clients” who don’t exist, padding invoices and charging for services that are never delivered, relying on poor auditing within the NDIS to go undetected.