National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs – Productivity Commission

This paper was released on 22 February 2017 to assist participants in preparing a submission to the study into National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs. It outlines a range of issues about which the Commission is seeking information. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new scheme designed to change the way that support … [Read More] National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs – Productivity Commission

Tensions and Contradictions in Australian Social Policy Reform: Compulsory Income Management and the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Journal of Social Issues

ABSTRACT This paper explores contemporary contradictions and tensions in Australian social policy principles and governmental practices that are being used to drive behavioural change, such a compulsory income management. By means of compulsory income management the Australian Government determines how certain categories of income support recipients can spend their payments through the practice of quarantining a proportion of that payment. In … [Read More] Tensions and Contradictions in Australian Social Policy Reform: Compulsory Income Management and the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Australian Journal of Social Issues

The NDIS in 2016: A tough year in disability – Fundraising & Philanthropy Australia

Extract from an article by Fran Connelley delves into the difficulties involved in implementing the fraught National Disability Insurance Scheme – for all stakeholders. In the 11 months since I released my book, How to Thrive under the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has become a political minefield. To say it’s been a … [Read More] The NDIS in 2016: A tough year in disability – Fundraising & Philanthropy Australia

‘Stewardship’: Buzzword, inkblot, or a new way to deliver human services? – FlagPost

Extract from an article by Philip Hamilton At least since the 1990s, governments have been stepping back from direct delivery of services and ‘block funding’ of mainly not-for-profit (NFP) service providers. Instead, they have been using market-based arrangements that are expected to result in greater choice for clients, competition between NFP and for-profit (FP) organisations to … [Read More] ‘Stewardship’: Buzzword, inkblot, or a new way to deliver human services? – FlagPost

Telling Your Story: An evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative – Southern Cross University

National Disability Services (NDS) commissioned Southern Cross University to conduct a qualitative action-learning evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative (CII). The CII involved the selection of 11 disability day service organisations across Australia. Each were working with up to 5 participants with disability and their families to co-design new supports which increase their sense of … [Read More] Telling Your Story: An evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative – Southern Cross University

Social Policy ‘Generosity’ at a Time of Fiscal Austerity: The strange case of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme – Critical Social Policy

ABSTRACT In a climate of fiscal austerity, Australia’s neo-liberal government is continuing to fund and implement an expensive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This article presents a demographic, funding and policy context for the introduction of the NDIS. Its success, we argue, must be situated in the context of development of a post-industrial workforce, and … [Read More] Social Policy ‘Generosity’ at a Time of Fiscal Austerity: The strange case of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme – Critical Social Policy

Who Cares and does it matter for the labour market? A longitudinal analysis of the labour force status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous carers – CAEPR

ABSTRACT Indigenous Australians experience higher rates of severe or profound disability than other Australians, and the gap in rates of disability between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians increases with age. The relatively high rates of disability among the Indigenous population corresponds with heavy caring burdens. It has been well established that carers of a person with … [Read More] Who Cares and does it matter for the labour market? A longitudinal analysis of the labour force status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous carers – CAEPR

Brotherhood in the News: NDIS: Landmark disability reform a step closer after funding pledge – The Age

Extract from an article by Miki Perkins, Social Affairs Reporter for the Age Australia’s biggest social reform in decades is a step closer, with almost $65 million pledged to fund the three Victorian organisations that will co-ordinate the National Disability Insurance Scheme when it launches in July. However, despite significant support for the scheme, some people with … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: NDIS: Landmark disability reform a step closer after funding pledge – The Age

National Disability Insurance Scheme: Commonwealth financial arrangements up to 2019-20 –

The financial arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are crucial to the successful implementation of the Scheme. The NDIS is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. The DisabilityCare Australia (DCA) levy (0.5% of income) was introduced on 1 July 2014, when the NDIS itself was only being introduced at … [Read More] National Disability Insurance Scheme: Commonwealth financial arrangements up to 2019-20 –

Housing is the missing piece in the reform puzzle – Community Care Review

The looming problem of whether Australia’s housing stock is fit to enable older people and people with disability to age in place demands new leadership, writes Michael Bleasdale, Chief Executive Officer of Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A). Extract As we move further into aged care reform it is clear that the changes taking place in the … [Read More] Housing is the missing piece in the reform puzzle – Community Care Review

Ensure people with disability receive continued support – VCOSS

Extract from an article by Carly Nowell VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission Putting people back in the picture. A series of blogs will examine some of the proposals in the submission. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide increased choice and control, improved services and greater security for thousands of people with disability. However, there … [Read More] Ensure people with disability receive continued support – VCOSS

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