Tuesday, 16 February 2016

News and commentary on the NDIS (44)

NDIS Newsletter  January 2016

Experts propose novel ways of solving disability accommodation shortfallAnnie Guest, AM (ABC Radio), 16 february 2016
A key aim of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is independent living - however the majority of people with disabilities won't receive housing support. A disability working group has crunched the numbers and found at least 45,000 people with disabilities will remain in unsatisfactory housing. It's now proposing governments enter shared equity arrangements to help people with disabilities buy their own home.
NDIS will pay for itself: new analysis forecasts huge jobs growth
Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 february 2016
Fears of a funding shortfall in the National Disability Insurance Scheme are unfounded according to the findings of an economic report which shows that the program will spark a multi-billion dollar jobs boom in NSW ...

The NDIS is rock solid
Every Australian Counts, 12 February 2016
Another week, another story about funding and the NDIS. So it’s great news to see strong support from the NSW Disability Minister in our national newspaper and a promise from the Commonwealth that it will be rolled out on time ...

Drawing your attention to the NDIS in NSW
NSW Government, 12 February 2016
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a vital reform that will give people with disability choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.

Once fully rolled out around 140,000 people in NSW will receive support under the NDIS.

When and how people enter the scheme can be a bit complicated, so watch our short videoavailable on the ndis.nsw.gov.au homepage to learn more about when people with disability can access the NDIS ...

Documents reveal Treasury explored private funding for NDISDan Conifer, AM (ABC radio) 12 February 2016
Federal Treasury has investigated whether private investors could help bankroll the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme. A Freedom of Information investigation by ABC News has obtained documents showing Treasury has explored shifting some of the scheme's cost to the private sector, through social impact bonds, particularly for children with developmental problems. Labor says it's not the time to change the scheme.
NDIS continues to deliver for Australians with disability
NDIS, 9 February 2016
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing assistance to more than 22,000 Australians with disability according to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) latest quarterly report.

The data comes from the report to the COAG Disability Reform Council for the December Quarter 2015, released today, which contains detail from the NDIA’s ongoing monitoring of the Scheme’s roll-out ...

State Disability Minister Martin Foley demands Federal Government lifts its game on NDIS
Mandy Squires, Geelong Advertiser, 11 February 2016
(Victorian) State Disability Minister Martin Foley has put the Federal Government on notice over delivery of the NDIS. Mr Foley said he would use a Geelong conference tonight to make his feelings known about the importance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and detail the failings to date of the Federal Government on disability reform ...

NDIA announces Local Area Coordination providers in NSW
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced the appointment of two Local Area Coordination (LAC) providers for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) first year roll out areas in NSW. 
The selected LAC providers before and during the NDIS transition are the St Vincent De Paul Society and Uniting. These two providers – responsible for provision of LAC services from now until June 2018 – are far-reaching across NSW and have long standing experience in working with people with disability. 
LAC provides a vital function of the NDIS, with coordinators helping to streamline participants’ NDIS experience and assisting them to navigate the variety of NDIS supports for best outcomes. 
Coordinators will also raise awareness of the scheme and assist people to be ready for the transition while working with local communities and mainstream services to become more inclusive. 
Negotiations for a third provider of LAC services for the remaining Districts in NSW will commence shortly and arrangements for LAC provision beyond July 2018 will be finalised by the NDIA at a later date ... NSW Government NDIS web page, 4 February 2016
Michael Roberts, Community Care Review, 28 January 2016
Looking ahead to 2017, home care providers face new for-profit competitors, uncertainty as to client intentions, and serious financial and strategic challenges ...

Research update: supporting people with complex disability
Every Australian Counts, 20 January 2016
With the NDIS due to be rolled out in most states from July, new research highlights how we can make sure it provides the best support for young people with complex disability ...

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