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New NDIS independent assessments slammed by disability activists

Luke Michael, Friday, 4th September 2020 -  The NDIA says the assessments help to develop an overall picture of a person’s function in a number of areas of their life  Disability advocates fear the introduction of independent

New survey reveals the financial costs of COVID-19 for people with disability

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 10th June 2020 -  More than 90 per cent of people with disability have seen their expenses increase People with disability are facing financial hardship and going days without food during the COVID-19

NDIS funds can be used on specialised sex work services… for now

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 12th May 2020 -  But the government says using NDIS money on sex work is “not in line with community expectations” Advocacy groups are calling on the Morrison government to immediately accept a landmark

New plan to protect people with disability from COVID-19

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 -  The strategy has a strong focus on upholding the rights of people with disability  The federal government has unveiled a targeted plan to help manage and prevent the transmission of

Disability groups unite in plea for targeted coronavirus support

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 7th April 2020 -  “We haven’t heard anything about how disability and those living with disability are going to be prioritised at this moment,” disability leaders say.   Over 70 national,

Calls to extend coronavirus supplement to DSP recipients

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 24th March 2020 -  Advocates say people with disability need extra support to get through the COVID-19 pandemic The Morrison government is being urged to extend its coronavirus supplement to the Disability

Disability royal commission given chance to reset with hearings halted

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 18th March 2020 -  The royal commission has postponed all public hearings indefinitely  A pause on all public hearings in the disability royal commission to stop the spread of COVID-19 to people with

Urgent calls for targeted COVID-19 response for people with disability

Luke Michael, Monday, 16th March 2020 -  The disability community fear that people will die without a coordinated plan Australia needs a targeted response to coronavirus for people with disabilities and the disability

‘We need to see action’: Disability advocates present plan to end barriers to work

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th February 2020 -  The plan has been labelled a down payment on the future of people with disability  With just 53 per cent of working age people with disability in paid work, a peak disability body is launching

NDIS not yet in tune with the needs of participants

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th January 2020 -  Disability advocates say there needs to be a stronger focus on fair access to the scheme  The Morrison government has vowed to cut wait times and red tape for National Disability Insurance

Advocates demand stronger targets for disability employment

Luke Michael, Friday, 8th November 2019 -  NDIS Minister Stuart Robert has unveiled a plan to get 30 per cent of scheme participants into work by 2023 The Morrison government must create stronger targets for disability employment

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The lawyer taking charge of disability advocacy in Australia

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Jeff Smith is the new CEO of People with Disability Australia, a national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation giving the disability community a voice of
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