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Of all the disappointments from the last decade of Australian political dysfunction, the National Disability Insurance Scheme is not one of them.Read more
Breaking news out of the NDIS this morning …
And it is not good. Not good at all.
Buried in an announcement about the end of some of the changes made to the NDIS as a result of the COVID19 is the news that participants will NO longer be able to buy or top up Support Coordination out of their core budget.Read more
Today the National Disability Insurance Agency released a mountain of paper about the planned introduction of compulsory assessments to the NDIS.
And tucked away amongst all those pages was some extraordinary news about the future of planning in the NDIS.Read more
Budget estimates time. For political nerds it’s a little bit of heaven. Full scrutiny of government with a little bit of argy-bargy or Oscar-worthy theatrics thrown in for comic relief.Read more
In the middle of a global pandemic and with the country facing the worst economic crisis in more than a generation, the NDIS was never going to be a headline feature of this year’s Federal Budget.Read more
Yesterday you will have seen that the final budget figures for 2018/19 were released. And they confirmed what we have all known for some time – that the NDIS is underspent by about $4.6 billion.Read more
Disability advocates continue to demand the Morrison government reinvest unspent NDIS funds back into the landmark scheme to get it working the way it should – instead of using funds to bolster the budget bottom line.Read more
The final interview in our federal election series.Read more
Your questions answered: A chat with Greens spokesperson on Disability Services Senator Jordon Steele-John
Last week we heard from Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher. This week we hear from Greens spokesperson on Disability Services Jordon Steele-John.Read more
Last month we asked you what you most wanted to ask our pollies this federal election.
And we were flooded with questions – more than 200 in fact.
So we took the most common and we headed to Canberra to get some answers.Read more
Media release: Funding win for Disability Royal Commission – but advocates slam use of NDIS to bolster bottom line
Tonight’s announcement by Treasurer Frydenberg of more than $500 million being set aside for a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability, has left disability advocates overjoyed.Read more
Disability advocates are demanding the Morrison government use unspent money currently tagged for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to fix up the landmark scheme – instead of just returning it to government coffers.Read more
There’s a lot of commentary out there and it can be confusing to make sense of what the NDIS means in dollar terms. We hear you! Here’s an explainer of the money involved: how much it is, where it comes from and how it compares with current spending on disability programs.Read more
It was with apparent naivety that I was shocked to see in last week’s The Australian “$5bn budget hit as NDIS fund dwindles”. Could it be that the NDIS, the only policy in Australian that our last four Prime Ministers are in complete agreement on, is up for question again?Read more
This week a major national newspaper led with an “exclusive” story about the costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It’s a curious story given there is nothing new in it. It’s no secret that the NDIS comes with costs, which have been carefully forecast and planned for. The real story remains that the cost of doing nothing is even higher.Read more