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NDIS Commences Final Roll Out in Three States

Luke Michael, Thursday, 10th January 2019 -  The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now available across all of Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, with the final roll out in these states commencing. The NDIS roll out into

Labor Shake-Up to Jobactive Celebrated by Sector

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 9th January 2019 -  The community sector has welcomed Labor’s proposed changes to unemployment services, saying an update to a broken system is long overdue, but the Coalition government has argued

Government Backflips on DSP Suspension Cut For Prisoners

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 20th December 2018 -  A campaign to reverse the federal government’s reduction to the suspension time of the Disability Support Pension for people in prison has been successful, keeping it at two years

Sector Celebrates Shorten’s Historic Affordable Housing Commitment

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  The community sector is celebrating Labor’s election commitment of 250,000 affordable rental properties over ten years, labelling it a game changer for vulnerable Australians

Government Extends Controversial Cashless Welfare Card

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  The federal government is extending the controversial cashless welfare card trial by 12 months and considering a fifth site, despite continuing criticism about the card’s effectiveness.

Tasmania Secures Long-Term Funding Certainty For NDIS

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  Tasmania has secured long-term funding certainty for the National Disability Insurance Scheme after signing a five-year deal with the federal government. Social Services Minister

NDIS Service Providers Cautious Over Complex Needs Pricing Shake-Up

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  A pricing-arrangement shake up for National Disability Insurance Scheme service providers working with people with complex needs has been met with caution by some providers who

SA Major Parties Urge Federal Government to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Friday, 7th December 2018 -  Both major parties in South Australia have agreed Newstart is “far too low” and are calling on the federal government to urgently increase the payment.       An interim

Government Offers $10 Million in Grants to Grow NDIS Workforce

Luke Michael, Thursday, 22nd November 2018 -  The federal government is offering $10 million in grants to disability service providers with innovative ideas to grow the National Disability Insurance Scheme workforce. Applications

Disability Sector Remains Suspicious Over Employment Taskforce

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 19th November 2018 -  The federal government has unveiled a joint employment taskforce to tackle high rates of disability unemployment, but service providers have raised concerns about whether enough

Federal Government Urged to Address Affordable Housing Gap

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  The federal government is being urged to address a critical looming gap in affordable housing that advocates say threatens to push thousands into homelessness. The National Rental

Government Backtracks on Cuts to Food Relief Charity

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  The federal government has reversed funding cuts to Australia’s largest food charity, following a severe backlash from the sector and the wider public.     The Minister for
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