NDIS ‘reboot’ will include more staff, cost crackdown, longer-term plans and shonky services purge, Shorten says

Mr Shorten said there was still “more good than bad” in the scheme, but he outlined a six-pronged plan to overhaul the NDIA, including a lift in staffing, longer-term care plans, addressing fraud and rorting, supporting more people with disability to live at home, purging ineffective providers and linking other community services up to the NDIA better.

Government welcomes independent review report

The Independent Review flagged 19 out of 95 procurements for further investigation due to inconsistencies with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) or good practice. The approximate value of these 19 procurements was $374 million. Five of the procurements were for the NDIA and 14 for Services Australia.

Progressing a National Autism Strategy and Research Centre

The Albanese Labor Government will continue its commitment to leaving no one behind and holding no one back by progressing a National Autism Strategy and committing further funds to the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Minister for Social Services will today announce that a further $2 million in Commonwealth funds have been allocated to the … Continued

Own Motion Inquiry into Aspects of Supported Accommodation in the NDIS

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. 

Australia’s disability laws set to undergo first major shake up in nearly 40 years

The Disability Services Act has not undergone significant change in almost 40 years.  Disability Employment Services, advocacy funding, service provider certifications and disability services regulation standards are all governed by this legislation. Since then, the federal government signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and conducted a royal commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The Advocacy Effect – 2022 AFDO Advocacy Conference

Held in Melbourne on 17 October, the program set out to “unpack and examine the impact and effect that advocacy has in a variety of areas” from large-scale policy to community-led projects. Opening address was presented by Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services with keynote provided by Ben Gauntlett, Disability Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The livestream is still available so catch up now.

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.