On Friday 29th September the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was presented to Parliament. Over 12 volumes, there are 222 recommendations of ways to promote an inclusive society that supports the independence and rights of people with disability. We want to thank everyone who contributed to the Royal Commission over the last 4 and a half years.
On Wednesday 6th September a NDIS Review community meeting was held in Geelong. They also talked about the next steps of the Review and the recommendations the Panel will make to the Government about how to improve the NDIS. Here is a summary of what they said in case you missed it…
This week, Australia’s national representative body of independent disability advocacy organisations, Disability Advocacy Network Australia, released a report calling for “urgent and radical reform of the NDIS”.
This week, 10 years ago, our community won the fight for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Today, the media cycle is dominated by stories about the cost of the scheme, so it’s important that we remind ourselves about what life was like before the NDIS, why the NDIS was introduced and why it needs to succeed into the future.
At today’s National Press Club Address NDIS Minister Bill Shorten made some important announcements and reminded me why I have such deep respect for this man and gratitude for his commitment to improving the lives of disabled people.
Then it ended with something really scary that freaked me out! Here is a summary of his announcements and my take on what he had to say. You’ll have to read to the end for the scary bit.