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Tag Archives: NDIS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities prepare for NDIS

By 24 June 2014

Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]

NDIS registration now open for ACT service providers

By 5 June 2014

Community service providers planning to operate in the ACT under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it officially begins on 1 July can now register online.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the registration process would help providers deliver services to NDIS participants who elect to have their funds managed by the National Disability Insurance [...]

More government help for businesses to prepare for NDIS

By 30 May 2014

Disability service providers preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can now apply for Business Investment packages worth up to $50,000 each, providing tailored professional assistance to manage the transition to the NDIS from 1 July.
The packages come on top of Governance and Financial Management packages worth $20,000, which have already been offered to [...]

NDIS, therapy and early intervention community forum

By 27 May 2014

Parents and carers of children using therapy services and early intervention programs are invited to attend a community forum next week to discuss the services that will be available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“With the NDIS rolling out in Canberra in five weeks time, this is an exciting time for people with disability [...]

Control and Choice Expo

By 22 May 2014

Locals are being urged to attend today’s Control and Choice Expo to experience some of the supports and services that will be on offer under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said “The NDIS will begin in the ACT on 1 July this year. The Expo is the first of its [...]

NDIS grants a-go-go

By 8 October 2013

Joy Burch has announced the first NDIS grants:
More than $4 million in life-changing grants have been awarded to Canberrans with disabilities in another milestone towards the ACT roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the first round of the Enhanced Service Offer grants would see more than 800 people with [...]

ACT getting out of the respite business

By 12 September 2013

Joy Burch is handing over respite services as the NDIS comes ever closer:
The ACT Government has commenced consolidating its adult respite services as the ACT prepares to transition to DisabilityCare next year, ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch said today.
Ms Burch said that as part of the consolidation, management of the centre based respite [...]

Grants available for Canberrans living with disability

By 29 July 2013

Some useful info for those looking to apply for an ESO grant:
Canberrans with a disability are reminded to apply for the $7.72 million in Enhanced Service Offer grants available as a result of the ACT Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme agreement with the Commonwealth, with more than 100 applications already submitted.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch [...]

Public Service asked to find $580 million under the couch

By 12 May 2013

The Australian has grim news of just how the Gillard Government is going to plug the gap of its runaway spending.
With the bodies of EL1s and 2s it seems:
Finance Minister Penny Wong said the public service would be asked to find $580 million in savings to help fund the NDIS and Gonski.
The savings, over four [...]

Joy Burch lays out the NDIS

By 7 May 2013

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch has revealed the funding details for the National Disability Scheme.
By 2019-20, the ACT Government will provide about $167 million a year to the cost of care and support for people with disability in the ACT through DisabilityCare Australia. This will be 49 per cent of the cost of the [...]

Gallagher and Burch stand behind the NDIS levy

By 1 May 2013

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and ACT Minister for Disability Services Joy Burch have declared their support for the Medicare Levy to pay for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“Having signed up to be one of the first jurisdictions to see full implementation of the NDIS, the ACT is set to benefit from the funds made available [...]

Joy Burch responds to Masquara on the NDIS

By 28 February 2013

In response to Masquara’s post about the NDIS this morning Joy Burch’s office has sent in this response:
The $5000 per person funding is separate to the $10.6 million from the NDIS agreement signed by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments that has been referred to in several public statements the Government has made recently.
The $5000 figure [...]

Rubbery NDIS figures from Katy Gallagher

By 28 February 2013

So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout [...]

Improved disability and mental health services under the NDIS

By 26 February 2013

Joy Burch has released her Ministerial Statement on what we can expect from the National Disability Insurance Scheme later in the year:
From July 2013, the ACT and Federal governments will invest $10.6 million dollars to respond to the demand for disability and mental health services that we know exists today, and from July 2014 eligible [...]

An expert panel unveiled for the NDIS

By 3 August 2012

Joy Burch has announced the makeup of the NDIS Expert Panel:
ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch today announced the membership of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Expert Panel, which will guide the launch of the landmark disability funding program in the ACT.
Ms Burch said the Expert Panel included representatives from the community sector, and [...]

Implications of NDIS “launch site” in Canberra?

By 26 July 2012

Fifteen years ago a friend of mine with a profoundly disabled son requiring 24-hour care moved to Canberra all the way from WA specifically because of the standard of care the ACT offered. He lived on in high care for more than ten years.
Does anyone know how these NDIS “launch sites” will work, and whether [...]

Canberra to trial disability scheme

By 26 July 2012

Yesterday the ACT was chosen as one of three trial sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with South Australia and Tasmania. The trial will begin in July next year and will involve 5000 Canberrans. Currently 1,400 Canberrans receive disability support. New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have all refused to [...]

What Women Want: An NDIS for women with disability

By 28 November 2011

The disability support system in both the ACT and Australia wide has long been in need of an overhaul. People with disabilities are often unable to participate in all aspects of life like people without disabilities, because there is not enough care and support available to them.
Nearly 100,000 Australians have already put their hope for [...]

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