News & Updates
Disability Ministers from around the nation met in early September to discuss the progress of disability reforms. Key discussion points included the recent issues with the NDIS myplace portal that had delayed payments to people and providers.
The NDIS website now includes 5 new Auslan videos that provide general information. The topics include:
- About the NDIS
- Permanent and Significant disability/reasonable and necessary supports
- My NDIS Pathway
- Getting Ready for the NDIS
- Working with the NDIS
The Commonwealth Department of Health has recently written to the NSW service providers that deliver supports to people with disability who are aged 65 and over, to provide information on the new Commonwealth Continuity of Support program. If your service fits this category and has not received a letter, you can contact Commonwealth via CommonwealthCoS@health.gov.au.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has developed some guidance about the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) for consumers with disability. Four educational resources for consumers with disability and the businesses supplying them are now available, they include:
Now that the NDIS is rolling out across more areas of NSW, we thought it would be good to provide some general information about how it works and whether it has impact on other NSW services. Transport for NSW has confirmed that the NDIS will have no impact on the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) or the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Driver Incentive Scheme (WATDIS). Although both of these schemes will not be impacted by the NDIS, increases kicked in on 1 July 2016 with the TTSS caps increasing from $30 to $60 per trip and the WATDIS payment rising to $15 per trip.
Early April saw more information about housing and the NDIS released with the publication of the Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. Specialist Disability Accommodation is defined by the NDIA as housing that is specially designed to meet the needs of people with a significant functional impairment and/or complex needs.
On 4 March, the Disability Reform Council (made up of Commonwealth, State and Territory leaders with responsibility for disability issues) met to discuss the progress of the NDIS.
The NDIS is intended to be a once in a generation economic and social reform aimed at supporting a transformation of the lives of people with a disability in Australia, with a vision to optimise the social and economic independence, participation, choice and control of people with disability.