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Disability Loop eNews Issue #7
11/09/2015
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Welcome

News Resources

Welcome to Disability Loop

 

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


Good morning Jill,

The NDIS has been a big topic in the news over the last few weeks. Agreements between each state and territory government and the federal government were supposed to have been signed by now, but they haven’t been yet. We tell you about this below. We also talk about why people are unhappy with the federal government about making changes to the NDIA Board.


In late August we welcomed Carl Thompson as our new Project Officer. You might have seen him on our Twitter or Facebook recently. Carl is writing an article about his experiences with employment and workplace support. Look out for his article in the next issue of Disability Loop eNews.

And here at Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), we have made some changes so that it is easier for disability organisations to get involved. See the news item below to sign up as an Associate Member.

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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What's going on with the NDIS rollout? 

All Australian states & territories were due to sign agreements with the Federal Government by the end of June 2015. Then July. Then August. It's September now … what does this mean?

Read more here.

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What's going on with the NDIS Board?


Back in July we wrote an article called "Possible changes to the NDIA Board". Last Friday, the Federal Government placed an ad in the Australian Financial Review to find new members of the NDIA Board. People with disability and disability advocates are very worried, especially because the ad did not say that they were looking for people with disabilities to fill these roles. 

Catch up on all of the details here.

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Did you know your organisation can become an AFDO Associate Member?


Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is encouraging disability organisations to become Associate Members of AFDO. Members will have access to sector news, discounted training and more. Importantly, it also gives members representation to government, media and the wider community on issues affecting people with disability. Bonus - it only costs $16.50 if you sign up soon.

Become an Associate Member of AFDO here.
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Quick links to the NDIS in the news


Free classes to boost disability workers ahead of NDIS shakeup
Sydney Morning Herald, September 6

Speech: Disability Reform is All About the Power of "And"
NDIS.gov.au, September 5

Is the NDIS housing exodus coming?
UNSW City Futures Blog, August 31

Disabled ‘hindered by lack of accountability’
The Australian, August 29

Intellectual Disability Reference Group Established
NDIS August 2015 eNewsletter

$100m to be reinvested in Disability Services after NDIS milestone
NSW Government Family & Community Services, August 28

NDIS failing to house people with a disability (audio, transcript)
ABC Radio The World Today, August 27


Not enough employment opportunities for people with disabilities in NDIS (audio, transcript)
ABC Radio The World Today, August 25

Resources

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Booklet
NDIS: Your questions answered
Every Australian Counts

Every Australian Counts has made an information pack about the NDIS. It answers questions about how the NDIS will work, what supports will be available, and how to access it.

Learn more here.
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Website
Reasonable and Necessary
Access2Arts & Arts Access Australia

Reasonable and Necessary is an art project that people with disability can participate in. It is meant to help you with the first stage of planning in the NDIS, where you have to think about your needs and goals.

Learn more here.

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List of contacts
How to complain about a service
National, state and territory Ombudsman

This web page tells you who to contact in your state or territory if you are unhappy with a service you get through the NDIS. It also tells you who to contact if you are unhappy with something or someone you have dealt with in your experiences with the NDIA (the agency that runs the NDIS). 

Learn more here.

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