This first Inquiry focused on the experiences of NDIS participants living in supported accommodation. The Inquiry examined reportable incidents and complaints that have been made to the NDIS Commission in connection with the supported accommodation services provided by 7 of the largest providers of these services over the period 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2022. The inquiry report describes trends in issues that are 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.
The report provides insight on the major developments in legislation, policy, process and caselaw that impact NDIS participants, including the progress of promised reforms in 2022, as well as key areas where further investigation and reform is desired and expected. The report highlights 2022 as a year of significant change for the NDIS: “The wide scope of changes reflects a growing public awareness of the NDIS, its prominence as a political issue and pressure on government to fix the problems the disability community has been raising for many years.”
Watchdog reveals thousands of reports of sexual misconduct, injury, abuse and neglect in disability group homes
There have been more than 7,000 serious incidents — including sexual misconduct, serious injury, abuse and neglect — in disability group homes over the past four years, according to a startling new report from the NDIS complaints watchdog. The report followed an inquiry into disability group homes, set up to identify trends among issues occurring in the sector and how best to address them.
The minister announced earlier this month that the average waiting time across Australia for NDIS participants medically fit for discharge from hospital is now 33 days. This is down from an average of 160 days in Victoria at the time of the federal election.
Many of you have already shared your experiences and ideas with other reviews. The Independent Review Panel has prepared a paper that covers the background to the NDIS, and a summary of past reviews, so you won’t have to repeat what you have already said. You are encouraged to read the ‘Our Approach’ paper before preparing a submission to ensure that your conversation focusses on how the NDIS is working now. The final report to the Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting is due by October 2023.
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.
A bleak new report has revealed the scale of issues in Australia’s supported accommodation system. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission’s inaugural ‘Own Motion Inquiry’ into Aspects of Supported Accommodation found that people with disability had experienced thousands of incidents in group homes run by seven of the nation’s largest providers.
A New South Wales man was today (Friday 16 December) sentenced to three years behind bars for his role in a multi-million-dollar fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for the NDIS and Government Services, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, has today announced that almost 60 per cent of NDIS legacy appeal cases inherited from the former Liberal-National Government have now been cleared through overhauled dispute resolution processes.
The involvement of First Nations peoples in developing a strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is more important than ever, as new data shows greater numbers of First Nations peoples accessing the NDIS.
As senior staff at the National Disability Insurance Agency explain their role in establishing robo-debt, the agency is seeking to expand similar compliance programs targeting people with disability.
The cost to restore not just Maddison’s funding to what was “reasonable and adequate” but restore funding for all those people with disabilities before the tribunal, is a pittance in comparison to what the NDIA has spent in legal fees fighting us.
This big – yet barely publicised – change to NDIS access came this year from a Federal Court decision known as NDIA v D. In late August, the Federal Court clarified the meaning of two words – “available” and “remedy” – as they relate to accessing the NDIS. So much more than a battle over the meanings of words, this decision widens the threshold of people eligible for the Scheme.
NDIS funding isn’t just a one-way street – it helps participants secure work and give back to the economy
Earlier this year, she applied for the NDIS again, with support from the spina bifida clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. This time she was successful. Soon, Ms Armstrong will receive a new, custom-made wheelchair thanks to her NDIS funding. “The longer I can stay mobile, the more I can work, the more I can be a contributing person in society,” she said.
The NDIS was meant to transform the lives of all Australians with a disability, but things haven’t quite gone to plan. Many people have found the NDIS difficult to access or inadequate and there has been a huge cost blowout. Hear the story of the NDIS – what we’ve got right, what we’re got wrong and how we might fix it.