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A new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

26 August 2019

During the 2019 Federal Election, the Australian Government promised to develop and legislate an "NDIS Participant Service Guarantee" to improve participant experiences with the NDIS.

The Guarantee will set new standards for the time it takes for key steps in the NDIS process. This means there will be shorter, agreed timeframes for people to get their access decision, to have their NDIS plan approved and to have their plan reviewed.

The new Guarantee will be in place from 1 July 2020.

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

8 August 2019

Parliament has appointed its new 10 member Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS.

The Joint Standing Committee is made up of five lower house Members of Parliament and five Senators.  This committee oversees the rollout of the NDIS and reports on progress to Parliament at the end of every financial year.

The committee also holds formal Parliamentary Inquiries into how the NDIS is being rolled out, how it’s progressing, how it’s being managed, and how issues can be fixed. 

New Inquiries on NDIS Planning and Supported Independent Living

8 August 2019

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is conducting two new inquiries into:
  • NDIS Planning, and
  • Supported Independent Living 
The committee is inviting individuals to provide a written submission addressing issues of relevance. The submissions are due by 6 September 2019. 

Disability Loop eNews Issue #46 (Winter 2019)

23 July 2019

Welcome to Disability Loop eNews #46, the Winter 2019 edition.  

This newsletter contains information, resources and news from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and disability organisations to keep you up-to-date with all things NDIS.

Understanding the NDIS Workshop Video Series

5 July 2019

The "Understanding the NDIS" workshop was run multiple times throughout Victoria in 2018-19 for people with disability, families and carers.  However, we wanted to help those who could not attend the workshop in person and therefore missed out on the information at the time.  So we filmed the workshop, and it has been divided into 9 videos which have been placed on our YouTube channel.

The workshop explains things in plain, easy to understand language, and helps to increase your understanding of the NDIS and will build your confidence in dealing with the NDIA.

All videos have Auslan interpreting, captioning and audio description. A transcript for each video is also available.

The workshop handbook and fact sheets are available in PDF and Word and are written by people with disability, and are in plain language.

Disability Loop eNews Issue #45

19 April 2019

Welcome to Disability Loop eNews for Autumn 2019. Here you will find recent news about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and helpful NDIS-related resources either from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) or from other organisations.

What to do when things haven't gone right with the NDIS

28 February 2019

Disability Advocacy NSW have created two 19-page PDF booklets for people who need help understanding what they can do when things haven’t gone right with the NDIS:

UpSkill for NDIS Support Providers

12 February 2019

The Summer Foundation is launching a flagship program "UpSkill" to build the capacity of NDIS Support Coordinators who assist young people to explore their housing options and find alternatives to aged care, and many support coordinators will need a significant amount of professional development to do this effectively.

More roadblocks removed for NDIS participants to move into work

4 February 2019

The Federal Government has announced that new and practical changes to help NDIS participants with career aspirations to find work are kicking in this month.

"The first change is that NDIS participants will have easier access to employment support funding in NDIS plans by being able to activate employment supports as soon as they find a job, instead of waiting for the next plan review.

Media Release: $25 million for NDIA Early Childhood Services in Western Australia

8 January 2019

Western Australian children with a developmental delay or disability will benefit from an investment of more than $25 million to deliver front line Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson, have today announced Wanslea Family Services as the first NDIS Partner in the Community to deliver ECEI services in Western Australia.

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