Tuesday, 15 July 2014

News and commentary on the NDIS (23)



Toby O'Connor, Opinion, ProBono News Australia, 15th July 2014
CEO of NFP service organisation St Laurence Community Services, Toby o’Connor, reflects on the challenges to providers and consumers after 12 months of the trial in Geelong’s Barwon region ...
... There is no doubt the Scheme is throwing out challenges to providers not used to operating in a competitive environment. At the same time it is bringing many new opportunities for Geelong. There will be new jobs but these will rely on new ways to offer old services and increased flexible work practices ...

National Press Club Address: Bruce Bonyhady NDIA chairman
National Disability Insurance Agency chairman Dr Bruce Bonyhady addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on 9th July 2014. You can see the video of the event here, on the ABC website. Video (57m, 10s)

Fears NDIS blind to remote reality
Rick Morton, The Australian, 14th July 2014
The agency responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been criticised for dragging the chain on involving Aboriginal Australians in the rollout of the $22 billion social reform after throwing the sector into confusion at the weekend ...

The NDIS, one year on: a Colac mother and disability worker reflects on a year of change
Lily Partland, ABC Ballarat, 2nd July 2014
Not many people have had such a close-up view of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as Jacqui Suares. She runs a Colac-based disability organisation and has a daughter with a disability ...

First remote NDIS trial begins in NT
7 News (via AAP), 1st July 2014
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has launched the country's only remote community trial in the Northern Territory. The two-year trial began on Tuesday in the Barkly region, around Tennant Creek in central Australia ...

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial begins in the ACT
Elise Pianegonda, ABC News, 1st July 2014
For the Mowbray family, it has been a long, anxious wait for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). But today the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) opened its doors in Canberra and will begin the task of developing individual care plans ...

NDIS funding levels not satisfactory, disability service providers say
Ewan Gilbert, ABC News, 1st July 2014
The peak body representing disability service providers has flagged major concerns with the Federal Government's level of funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ...

Uncertainty around Canberra NDIS rollout sparks fear and anxiety among families
Adrienne Francis, 7.30 ACT (ABC), 28th June 2014
... the very people the NDIS is meant to help are facing an added burden of uncertainty. How the scheme will be rolled out and what effect it will have on existing services remains a mystery, and some families are deeply concerned ... "We are very mindful of some of the concerns of some of the providers in the community as well as some of our families and we are working really hard to resolve that as soon as possible," (ACT manager for the NDIS, Jillian Paull) said ...

NDIA releases efficient price to build competitive market for disability services
NDIS, 27th June 2014
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has today released a methodology to achieve an ‘efficient price’ for key disability supports which will help build a more competitive market and underpin real choice for Australians with disability. An efficient price is a benchmark that providers of support should be able to operate within, when supporting people with disability. The benchmark efficient price will be effective from 1 July 2016 ...

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