Planned changes to the NDIS unpacked with Senator Steele-John – Reasonable & Necessary

On this episode of Reasonable & Necessary, Dr George meets with Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John to understand his position on the changes to the NDIS legislation that are currently before Parliament. The Senator expresses concerns and why he believes these changes will negatively impact participants. He explains his thinking behind this position and why the … Continued

Getting the best start in life for children with disability

Melbourne Disability Institute are delighted to join their colleagues at the University of Melbourne in leading an outstanding consortium to independently review and revise Australia’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Best Practice Framework. This framework will help to ensure children growing up in Australia with disability or developmental concerns and their families are well supported and … Continued

Disability groups warn against upcoming NDIS changes

Looming changes to the NDIS will lead to “homogenising” people with disabilities and ignore individual needs for support, advocacy groups warn. Laws before federal parliament seeking to overhaul parts of the disability scheme would require participants to carry out fresh assessments and receive a plan and budget based on their needs.

The new NDIS Act [Part 2]

Chris Coombes from DSC explores the proposed new NDIS Bill, including: changes to access, how the NDIA will respond to plan over- or under- spending, what will be a reviewable decision and alternative commissioning.

What does communication mean to you?

Closing date: June 1, 2024

ACCAN, Deakin University and the Victorian University of Wellington are inviting you to participate in a focus group about digital communication.. This research aims to understand how ‘communication’ is understood by diverse consumers, with the view to better inform the regulation of digital communications technologies. We are seeking participants from various backgrounds, including those who … Continued

Applications are open for young people to join our Youth Steering Committee

Closing date: May 19, 2024

The Australian Government’s Youth Steering Committee works with the Office for Youth to provide advice about policies and programs that matter to young people. The Youth Steering Committee includes 14 young people who represent the diversity of young people in Australia.

National Autism Strategy a start but there’s much more to do

On the eve of Autism Acceptance Month, the clue to 30-down in the Hobart Mercury’s giant crossword was “competent”. The four-letter answer was “able”. It got me thinking about how the construct of “disability” is often framed as synonymous with failure, incompetence and inability.

Joint Media Statement: Co-design and foundations essential to get NDIS right

A group of National Disability Representative Organisations (DROs) believe the changes announced in Federal Parliament to amend the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, can only work if people with disability and our families, supporters, communities and organisations are front and centre in their design, with the appropriate foundations in place.

Give your feedback on the draft National Autism Strategy

The Government want your feedback on the draft National Autism Strategy. This is a draft Strategy which has not yet been agreed by Government. Following feedback through the public consultation process the draft Strategy will be further refined and it is expected the final Strategy will be presented to Government by the end of 2024. … Continued

NDIS ‘to be overhauled’ under federal government plan

Sky News host Danica De Giorgio says the way Australians with disabilities access the NDIS is “said to be overhauled”. Ms De Giorgio said the overhaul will be done “under a federal government plan”.

Co-design must be genuine, our lives depend on it: PWDA responds to the NDIS Reform Bill

Major reforms to the National Disability Insurance (NDIS) have been introduced to parliament today by Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten. People with Disability Australia (PWDA) have responded with a call for genuine co-design to refine the legislation to ensure the reforms reflect the needs of the people they’re designed for.