Tuesday, 8 April 2014

News and commentary on the NDIS (19)

National Disability Insurance Scheme News, Issue 7, April 2014

‘Meet the Governors of the NDIS’
Judith Ireland, Sydney Morning Herald, 7th April 2014
The head of Australia's peak body for non-government disability services says it is "too early" to call for delays to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. National Disability Services chief executive Ken Baker says that despite a recent report that identified problems with the agency implementing the NDIS - such as an IT system that was not fit for purpose and a lack of clear guidance to staff - none of the problems were "insurmountable" ...

NDIS delay is not OK
Dr George Taleporos, Ramp Up, 1st April 2014
Findings from a recent review of NDIA capabilities have led to speculation that the NDIS rollout could be delayed beyond 2019. Dr George Taleporos says although the review is useful in alerting us to current challenges, it should not be used to justify a longer timeline for implementation.

AAP/The Australian, 31st March 2014
WesternAustralia has officially signed up to the national disability insurance scheme, becoming the last state to reach an agreement with Canberra. The WA NDIS My Way trial will begin on July 1 in the South West region, and the Cockburn-Kwinana area will join it in 2015.

Abbott gives states free rein on NDIS
Paul Osborne, AAP/7 News, 31st March 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he accepts the states want to run disability services their own way. Labor has urged the coalition government to stick to the agreement reached with the states and territories in 2013 to fund launch sites before fully rolling out a national disability insurance scheme by July 2019 ...

Accessible housing: housing, disability and the NDIS - conference report
Resources from the Community Housing Federation of Australia conference held on 27th March 2014, in Canberra

Narda Gilmore, ABC News, 28th March 2014
The full introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to prompt huge demand for disability-friendly housing ...

The NDIS is unaffordable? That argument just doesn't add up.
Bruce Bonyhady, Ramp Up, 26th March 2014
NDIA Chairman Bruce Bonyhady says it's time to set the record straight: not having the NDIS will cost Australian taxpayers more and won't deliver any of the social or economic benefits ...

National Disability Insurance Scheme rolling out as planned
Nance Haxton, PM (ABC Radio), 26th March 2014
Two states have moved to allay fears that the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme could be delayed after a critical review of its progress.

$2.8 million to support services transitioning to the NDIS
NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care (News), 24th March 2014
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today visited Connectability in Hamilton and announced a $2.8 million NSW Government Fund to assist disability services providers transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ...

Labor rolled the dice on disability care
AAP (via SBS News) 24th March 2014
The Gillard government did not have the patience to follow a Productivity Commission timetable for rolling out the national disability insurance scheme ...

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