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Welfare advocates attack move to digitise employment services

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st March 2019 -  Anti-poverty groups fear the government’s plan to digitise employment services will result in millions of penalties being automatically imposed on vulnerable jobseekers.

Disability advocates gear up to fight for more than the NDIS

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  Australia’s disability policy beyond 2020 must focus on more than the National Disability Insurance Scheme and actually be implemented, advocates say in the lead up to a community consultation period to shape policy for the next 10 years.  

Rural volunteers in crisis

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  Rural Western Australian volunteers are under immense stress, and receive little government support despite being the “lifeblood” of most communities, new research has found.

Opinion

My seven takeaways from the NDIS Leaders Breakfast

Fran Connelley, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  In case you wanted to be there and couldn’t make it, here’s a summary of Fran Connelley’s personal key takeaways from the NDIS Leaders Breakfast held at the ICC in Sydney last week.

Advocacy groups struggle amid growing NDIS waiting lists

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 -  Advocacy services are being swamped with people needing help appealing their National Disability Insurance Scheme plans, disability groups have warned in the wake of new funding to the sector.    

Claims UK religious charities are fracturing society prompts Australian discussion

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  A UK report calling into question religious charities that promote beliefs that don’t align with British values and opinion, has sparked discussion among Australian charity experts over the role and position of such organisations.

Calls for stricter charity approval process

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  Fundraisers are calling for a deceleration on new charity approvals, saying the hundreds of new organisations being registered each month is resulting in more competition for funding, and causing confusion among funders on where best to spend money.

Opinion

Inclusive education high in the NSW election agenda, but future of students with disabilities still unclear

Cecile Sullivan Elder, Monday, 18th March 2019 -  We need systemic reform to move from the parallel systems we have now to an education system that is inclusive of all children, writes Cecile Sullivan Elder, executive officer of Family Advocacy.

Aussie Students Strike for Climate Change Action

Luke Michael, Friday, 15th March 2019 -  Thousands of students across Australia are protesting to demand action on climate change as part of a global day of youth activism.

A Lighter Note

Therapy chickens bring joy to aged care home

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 15th March 2019 -  A pet chicken might sound like an unusual choice of a therapy pet, but staff at a Brisbane aged care home are hopeful some new clucky arrivals will help fight off loneliness and depression in their residents.
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