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Jul 9, 2012
James O'Brien

Want to make the sure the NDIS works for you? Have your say with the National Disability and Carer Alliance

Below is an important message from Kirsten Deane from the National Disability and Carer Alliance about a forthcoming consultation on the design of the NDIS.

The National Disability and Carer Alliance wants to hear from you. If you are a person with a disability, a family member, work with people with a disability or are a service provider we want to hear what you think. We want to hear how you want the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to look and to work. We want to know how it should work on the ground to best meet your needs.

The Alliance has just received funding from FaHCSIA to ensure people with a disability, their families and carers and specialist disability service providers have a chance to have their say about the design, introduction and implementation of the NDIS.

The NDIS will finally put people with a disability at the centre of the system. But to make that happen successfully people with a disability, their families and carers need to have a say in how it is designed and implemented.

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Jun 14, 2012
James O'Brien

People with disability miss out on the benefits of the boom

A new report from the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Reform Council shows that people with disabilities have largely missed out on the benefits of Australia’s strong economic performance over the past decade.

The report reveals that:

Between 2003-09 there has been no improvement in rates of economic and social participation for people with disability.

People with disability constantly had significantly lower rates of economic participation compared to people with disability.

In 2009, just 50% of people with disability aged 15-64 were in employment compared to 78.6% of people without disability.

Around one in three people with disability reported they need more formal assistance

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Jun 14, 2012
James O'Brien

Disabled need more formal support: report

Below is an article in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald which re-inforces the need for the NDIS.  

One in three Australians with a disability say they need more formal support, according to a report to be released today.

The report, issued by the Council of Australian Governments reform council, is likely to strengthen calls for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The council reports on the outcomes of the National Disability Agreement, which governs the more than $6 billion in annual government spending on disability services.

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Jun 1, 2012
James O'Brien

South Australia makes a big play for a NDIS launch site

Below is an article below by Rebecca Puddy from The Australian on 1 June. Well done to the South Australian Government for putting forward this $20m investment – it shows they are serious about participating in the NDIS launch.  

Injection of funds flags bid for NDIS scheme

South Australia is the first state to contribute funds to the Gillard government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme, committing $20 million in a bid to secure one of four national launch sites.

The financial commitment to the launch of the national scheme forms part of the state Labor government’s $212.5m funding injection into the disability sector, announced yesterday by Treasurer Jack Snelling as a cornerstone of his second budget.

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May 29, 2012
James O'Brien

NDIS rollout date uncertain

Below is an article in The Australian on 29 May by Sue Dunlevy. PS – it is why we need to keep the pressure on!

THE federal government yesterday refused to say whether the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme would be completed by the Productivity Commission’s timeline of 2018-19.

The opposition used Senate estimates committees to grill the government over the scheme, which it says it supports even though Coalition Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey has described it as “a cruel hoax” he cannot commit to because it is not fully funded. Continue reading »
May 28, 2012
James O'Brien

National Disability Insurance Scheme under the spotlight in Senate Estimates

The following is the text of an email from the Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector Senator Mitch Fifield in relation to the discussion of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during the Senate Estimates hearings which are underway in Canberra. These hearings are an opportunity to really delve into the detail of policy and matters of government business and generally see senior public servants grilled by a committee of Senators from across party lines.

The first week of Senate Estimates hearings has provided an opportunity to question the Government as to its plan to implement a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is important to question the details of the scheme to ensure we get it right. The Coalition supports the NDIS and I took an opportunity to remind the Government of this.

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May 23, 2012
James O'Brien

Have your say on new national standards for disability services

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

From the Minister for Community Services

The Victorian Coalition Government is seeking public input into the national standards for disability services in preparation for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge announced today. Continue reading »

May 22, 2012
James O'Brien

Transcript of interview: Senator Mitch Fifield on the NDIS


ABC News Radio With Marius Benson 22 May 2012 8.45am

MARIUS BENSON: Mitch Fifield you’re accusing the Gillard Government of scoring political points, the Prime Minister in particular is scoring political points on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Government is saying much the same about you. Now, politicians accusing the other politicians of playing politics can bring a fairly jaundiced response from the public. Continue reading »

May 21, 2012
James O'Brien

Mr Hockey, we cannot afford not to have a NDIS

Below is an opinion piece from Stella Young, the Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website ( which appeared on The Drum today (

“When it comes to the NDIS, I am Dr Yes,” was Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s statement when he attended the NDIS rally in Perth last month. Continue reading »

May 21, 2012
James O'Brien

Gillard’s driving ambition to take the fear out of disability

Below is an article that appeared in The Weekend Australian from Sue O’Reilly who has written extensively on the NDIS for The Australian.

In an attempt to allay the growing fears of disability reform advocates and counter increasingly strident accusations from political opponents that the Labor government is not serious about creating a National Disability Insurance Scheme – that it’s all just “a cruel hoax”, as many critics have put it — Julia Gillard points to the “lessons of history”. Continue reading »


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