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NDIS Bill Amendment Update

The Department of Social Services has created a Q&A page regarding the NDIS Amendment Bill which may answer some of your burning questions.
As you may have seen, whilst providers wait with bated breath, there has been a significant uproar from the disability community about these proposed changes, and the lack of involvement and consultation with the disability community.

Bill Shorten has released a new video series which busts some of the myths about NDIS reforms.

Mr Shorten chatted with Elly Desmarchelier – a disability advocate and brilliant speaker on disability and the NDIS.

Their first videos are live and linked here:

👉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdU3Brh-OMA

👉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhbzGU6q9Jg

Be sure to keep updated about these changes and the key concepts within the Bill and the proposed changes.

There is also an upcoming event that you may not want to miss:

Minister Shorten will be answering questions online at an NDIS Community Catch Up on Wednesday 5 June at 4:00 pm (AEST).

Register here: https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-reform-community-catch-up-online

Join online to ask your questions.

Details are available at www.dss.gov.au/NDISreforms

Easy read available to view here.

Accessibility:

  • Auslan –  Auslan interpreter will be available.
  • Closed captioning – Will be available.

Timezone support:

If you are joining virtually from a different state here are the start times in your local timezone.

  • WA: 2:00 pm
  • NT: 3:30 pm
  • SA: 3:30 pm
  • NSW, VIC, Tasmania, ACT: 4:00 pm

We will continue to keep you updated! Follow us and connect for any updates!

 

Written by Amanda Robinson, B.A., MMentalHealth Prac.

Amanda is a professional with over a decade of dedicated experience in the fields of Mental Health and Disability. Her extensive expertise lies in navigating the intricate landscape of the Disability Sector. She brings a unique perspective to her work, being both a person with lived experience of disability and a compassionate carer. She has a passion for advocacy, making her a staunch champion for the rights and well-being of individuals facing similar challenges.

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NGO Training Centre CEO Joins ONE COMMUNITY for Insightful Networking Event

 

On May 22nd, the vibrant city of Gold Coast hosted a lovely evening of networking, drinks, and nibbles, featuring esteemed leaders from across Australia.

The CEO of NGO Training Centre, Jasminne Hristic, was among the distinguished panelists invited to join the ONE COMMUNITY team for this special occasion.

The event provided a unique platform for growth-minded leaders to engage in stimulating discussions and share insights on leadership. Jasminne Hristic, known for her innovative approach and dedication to empowering non-profit organisations, contributed to the evening’s dynamic conversations. Her interactions with other attendees were not only inspiring but also paved the way for potential collaborations aimed at driving impactful change in the community.

The evening was proudly sponsored by Astalty NDIS Software, whose support made this gathering possible. Their commitment to fostering environments where leaders can connect and grow aligns perfectly with the goals of ONE COMMUNITY and the NGO Training Centre.

Overall, the event was a resounding success, leaving attendees with fresh perspectives and renewed motivation to lead with purpose and vision. 

We hope to see many more from ONE COMMUNITY and their amazing sponsors in the future!

 

Written by Amanda Robinson, B.A., MMentalHealth Prac.

Amanda is a professional with over a decade of dedicated experience in the fields of Mental Health and Disability. Her extensive expertise lies in navigating the intricate landscape of the Disability Sector. She brings a unique perspective to her work, being both a person with lived experience of disability and a compassionate carer. She has a passion for advocacy, making her a staunch champion for the rights and well-being of individuals facing similar challenges.

 

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Budget Boosts Support For People With Disability

In light of the release of the 2024-2025 budget, the Albanese Labor Government is enhancing support for Australians with disabilities through increased investment in disability employment and the NDIS.

Here is a breakdown for you:

Key Initiatives:

Specialist Disability Employment Program:

  • Funding: An additional $227.6 million, totalling $5.4 billion over five years.
  • Launch: Starting July 1, 2025.
  • Goals: Improve employment opportunities, provide tailored supports, and introduce a single wage subsidy up to $10,000.

Disability Employment Centre of Excellence:

  • Funding: $23.3 million over four years.
  • Purpose: Enhance service quality and share best practices among employment service providers.

NDIS Evidence Advisory Committee:

  • Funding: $45.5 million over four years, plus $13.3 million annually ongoing from 2024-25.
  • Role: Offer independent advice on effective therapeutic supports to ensure evidence-based and cost-effective NDIS funding.

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline and Complaints Resolution and Referral Service:

  • Funding: An additional $2.6 million.
  • Function: Provide confidential channels for reporting abuse and raising concerns about disability services.

What does this mean for you?

These initiatives are part of a broader commitment to ensure high-quality, inclusive support for people with disability, based on findings from the Royal Commission and the independent NDIS review. As we receive more information, we will share this with you.

To read the full media release and for further details, visit: https://ministers.dss.gov.au/media-releases/14656

 

Written by Amanda Robinson, B.A., MMentalHealth Prac.

Amanda is a professional with over a decade of dedicated experience in the fields of Mental Health and Disability. Her extensive expertise lies in navigating the intricate landscape of the Disability Sector. She brings a unique perspective to her work, being both a person with lived experience of disability and a compassionate carer. She has a passion for advocacy, making her a staunch champion for the rights and well-being of individuals facing similar challenges.

 

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