The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that "... Federal cabinet is due to discuss the (proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme) today and it is expected to go beyond original expectations of a trial scheme in one state," and that NSW is now expected to be part of the trial. Read more: here.
The Weekend Australian published an in-depth background report on the NDIS by Sue O'Reilly, highlighting the roles of John Walsh in Sydney, and Bruce Bonyhady in Melbourne in putting together the current proposal leading to the Productivity Commission's inquiry, starting from a personal profile of John Walsh, and his personal experience of disability.
Today's Australian reports on reform to Disability Support Pension eligibility here. It is not anticipated that the reforms will affect most people with Down syndrome, but the reforms will be monitored closely by the National Welfare Rights Network and disability organisations. Currently people with Down syndrome are among those who can apply for a Disability Support Pension from 16 years of age.