News 3 August 2020

Getting answers to the big questions – our Zoom forum with the NDIA

Why can’t we have planning meetings over video? Why can’t we get contact details for staff at the NDIA? Why do approvals for equipment take so long?

And will you cut my funding next time because I did not use all of it as a result of COVID lockdowns?

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News 3 August 2020

Advocacy groups call for better support for people with disability

Disability advocacy groups are calling on the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Federal government and the Victorian State government to all work together to make sure people with disability and their families have what they need to stay safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic.

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News 2 August 2020

New Coronavirus rules for Victoria

The Victorian government has just announced new coronavirus rules for everyone in Victoria. Metro Melbourne has moved to Stage 4 restrictions, and rural areas are moving to Stage 3. Here’s what is changing…

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News 29 July 2020

Get your mask on!

There’s been a bunch of new info released over the last couple of weeks around masks and people with disability. We’ve popped it all in the one place so you don’t have to go hunting. (And we have done our best to try and explain what it all means which has NOT been easy…)

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News 29 July 2020

Get out your butcher’s paper and sticky notes – it’s consultation time!

Who remembers this?

The National Disability Strategy was a ten-year plan that came out in 2010.

It was the first time all levels of Australian governments had come together to make a plan like this for ALL people with disability, ALL over Australia.

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News 21 July 2020

Open letter from disability sector on the publication of NDIS settlement outcomes

Would you love to see the results of NDIS appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) but don’t have the time or spoons to wade through pages and pages of legal goobledegook?

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News 13 July 2020

Big coronavirus changes – and what it means for Victorians

For all our Melbourne peeps, our hearts go out to you. Another six weeks in lockdown. And we are with you – because that is where we are based too.

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Opinion 3 July 2020

New SDA rules are a win for participants and for the NDIS

There have been some great changes recently to the rules about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). We know it can be hard to stay on top of everything that is happening so we have asked our good friend and resident SDA expert Dr George Taleporos to explain it all for us.

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News 26 June 2020

New inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS are holding an inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Have your say about what needs to change.

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News 26 June 2020

Get your calculators out – it’s the new NDIS price guide

The final price guide for 2020 came out today.

Well … sort of the final. At least until the next update comes out.

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Opinion 26 June 2020

Corona’s brand new world

The last few months have been really really tough for a lot of people in our community. But for EAC supporter Lumi Winterson, the pandemic has given her the freedom to explore activities that are great for her mental health and wellbeing.

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News 9 June 2020

Liz and John get a gong!

Amongst all the sports stars and former Prime Ministers who got a gong yesterday there were a couple of names that you might have missed…

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News 3 June 2020

NDIS prices – the good, the bad and the ugly

The NDIA released the new price guide for 2020 today. The good news is that the NDIA have got this guide out much earlier than usual. This means we all have a chance to dig around in it and get a handle on everything before it actually goes live on July 1.

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Opinion 3 June 2020

Self managing my NDIS package

Heather Coombes was one of the panelists at our Make it Work forum in Redlands Queensland. She has self managed her NDIS plan right from the start – and has some useful advice for anyone who might be considering it.

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News 28 May 2020

What’s going on with the Disability Royal Commission during COVID-19?

The utterly heartbreaking stories about people with disability that have come out over the last few weeks prove just how important it is that we have a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
And although the Commission has put public hearings on hold during the pandemic, they still need to hear from our community.
Here’s what they want to hear about right now, and how you can get involved.

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News 19 May 2020

Flexibility and the NDIS – it’s finally starting to happen

It was easy to miss it with everything that is going on at the moment. But late last week the NDIA made a small but incredibly important announcement.

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News 18 May 2020

Statement: Tragic death of Anne-Marie Smith: People with disability deserve answers

People with disability and their families are demanding a full investigation into the horrific and tragic death of Anne-Marie Smith.

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Opinion 18 May 2020

The Federal Court decision to fund sexual supports – and what it means for for all NDIS participants

Last week, the Federal Court of Australia sent a clear message to the National Disability Insurance Agency. And that message was – if an NDIS participant needs a support because of their disability, the NDIS must fund it. 

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News 14 May 2020

Keep kicking at the bricks …

Yesterday the Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS released a report into Supported Independent Living (or SIL for short). And once again the committee made a bunch of practical and sensible recommendations which would really make a difference to people with disability and their families.

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News 13 May 2020

Data, data, data everywhere. But what does it all mean?

So the National Disability Insurance Agency released the latest NDIS Quarterly Report this week. If you have never checked out the Quarterly Report we encourage you to do so – it’s a great way of finding out how the NDIS is tracking and there’s lots of juicy stuff in there.

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