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Monday, 9 December 2013

News and commentary on the NDIS (12)

ABC Hobart interview on the future of the NDIS
Mornings, ABC Radio Hobart, Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Transcript of Leon Compton's interview with Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews in Hobart.

NDIA Strategic Plan 2013 - 2016
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board has developed a draft 2013-16 Strategic Plan that outlines the vision, mission and goals for the NDIA to ensure we build and manage a world leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for all Australians. 
The Strategic Plan has been developed by the NDIA Board in close consultation with the NDIA’s management team and Independent Advisory Council. The Strategic Plan will be reviewed by the NDIA Board annually and will be aligned with the NDIA’s Corporate Plan and Statement of Intent.
It sets out the goals for the NDIS for the next three years. You may wish to review the Strategic Plan and leave your feedback.

National Disability and Carers Alliance Newsletter, 3rd December 2103
In this issue
Blog: Lessons from the launch
Case study: Getting to grips with the NDIS
Launch site Q&A with Disability Alliance Hunter
Launch site case study: Carer
Results: NDIS survey
Launch site case study: service provider
Minister gives NDIS "early report card"
Forum: Getting to Grips with the NDIS
Craig Wallace, Open Forum, 3rd December 2013
There still remain a lot of barriers in our urban landscape for people with a disability. Craig Wallace would like to see a national survey on community attitudes towards disability to give us solid evidence about what these attitudes are and what could leverage change ...
ABC News, 4th December 2013
Organisations involved in the roll-out of the Newcastle launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) say getting the cost structure right is still the main challenge ...

Mal Brough appointed to chair NDIS committee
Sunshine Coast Daily, 4th December 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appointed Member for Fisher Mal Brough to Chair the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said the committee will serve as a symbol of unity.

"(It will) also provide a forum where questions of design and implementation can be posed in a way that is not seen to be partisan'" he said ...

National Disability Scheme forum: Q & A
Ian Kirkwood, Newcastle Herald, 5th December 2013,
The state government has answered more than 50 questions about the shake-up of disability services in NSW after Wednesday’s forum in Newcastle ...

'Teething problems' emerge in NDIS rollout
ABC News, 5th December 2013
Early feedback on the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Barwon region is suggesting the scheme has teething problems. The Barwon region, which includes Geelong, the Surf Coast and Colac, is one of the first NDIS rollout sites.

A new program was launched yesterday, with funding from the Victorian Government, called 'LEAD Barwon'. It aims to train people using the NDIS to share their views on the rollout ...

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