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Disability Loop eNews Issue #8
23/09/2015
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Welcome

News Resources Events

Welcome to Disability Loop

 

A good way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


Good morning <<First Name>>,

Last week was an exciting time for people from NSW and Victoria who have been waiting to find out when they can get the NDIS.

The bilateral agreements for NSW and Victoria were signed on Wednesday, September 16. This means that people from those states now know when the NDIS will roll out in their areas. We tell you all about this in the news and resources below.

People from the rest of the country are still waiting for their governments to sign these agreements. We encourage you to contact your Minister for Disability and tell them you want these agreements signed as soon as possible. Every Australian Counts have set up a handy process to help you email your Disability Minister here

It has also been a very big time of change in Australian politics. Malcolm Turnbull is our new Prime Minister, and on Saturday, he changed the jobs of a lot of the Ministers. Before this change, Assistant Social Services Minister Mitch Fifield was in charge of disability and the NDIS, but he has a different job now. There is not a dedicated portfolio for disability and the NDIS anymore, but the new Social Services Minister Christian Porter says disability and the NDIS will be part of his responsibilities.

Don't miss the opportunity to have a say about the NDIS Act (the NDIS laws and rules), which is being looked at after two years in action, to see if it can be made better. We tell you how to get involved below.

And the newest member of our team Carl tells us some of his thoughts about employment and workplace support. 

We hope you find our website and eNews useful, helpful, and easy to use. We will always welcome your feedback
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News

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VIC, NSW sign agreements, rollout details are available now

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout has been announced for Victoria and New South Wales. The federal government has worked with the state governments of Victoria and New South Wales to sign a bilateral agreement. The bilateral agreement explains when the NDIS will be available in Victoria and New South Wales and in what area. 

Read more here.

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Have your say about the NDIS law

Two years ago a new law was made, called the NDIS Act 2013. This law has rules and instructions in it about how the NDIS should work. The Government thinks it is a good idea to look back on the Act now to see if it can be made better. They have asked independent legal experts at Ernst & Young to talk to people and hear their thoughts. This is a very good opportunity for you to have a say. You might be able think of things that are important, that could help you and other people when they use the NDIS.

Read more here.

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Disability Loop Project Officer Carl shares his thoughts on employment and workplace support


Never underestimate the importance of feeling valued. When people have a job it shows they are useful, having skills and ideas that are valuable to others. Most people with disability would love to work. Unfortunately, people with disability often face barriers when trying to get and maintain a job. 

Read more here.

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Quick links to the NDIS in the news


Watershed moment for people with disability - NDIS Bilateral Agreements for VIC & NSW signed (video with captions & transcript)
ABC News 24, September 16

Watershed moment for people with disability as Federal/State NDIS Agreements get signed in Victoria and New South Wales
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, September 16

NDIS is ‘being left on the shelf’
The Australian, September 22

Unveiling NDIS Housing Funding Principles
Pro Bono News, September 22

NDIS lessons: transforming lives needs the social context
The Mandarin, September 21

Malcolm Turnbull's new ministry: People with disabilities risk losing their 'voice' with loss of dedicated portfolio
Sydney Morning Herald, September 21

Cabinet reshuffle: Christian Porter takes carriage of NDIS
The Australian, September 21

Disability not ignored, Turnbull insists
9 News, September 21

Resources

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Web page
NDIS in Victoria
Disability Loop

This page gives you detailed information about how the NDIS will roll out across Victoria. There is a video (with captions), rural and metropolitan interactive maps, and information packs for people with disabilities and for service providers, as well as a link to the bilateral agreement documents. 

Learn more here

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Web page
NDIS in New South Wales
Disability Loop

This page gives you detailed information about how the NDIS will roll out across New South Wales. There is a video (with captions), rural and metropolitan interactive maps, and information packs for people with disabilities and for service providers, as well as a link to the bilateral agreement documents. 

Learn more here.

Events

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Women With Disabilities WA
Introduction to the NDIS
Subiaco, September 27, 2:00-4:00PM

Introduction to the NDIS is the first of four forums about the NDIS that WWDWA have been funded to run, thanks to a capacity building grant from the NDIA and People With Disabilities WA Inc. 

This info session will have a speaker from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to tell you about the:

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • what exactly does it cover
  • who is eligible
  • how do you access it
  • and more

All women with disabilities in WA are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreters are available (please email WWDWA to let them know first), and the venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP by Friday September 26.

Learn more here

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