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Submission to Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) and Related Bills Senate Inquiry

In September 2017, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) provided a brief submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 (the Bill) and 10 related bills [provisions] expressing support for an increase in the Medicare Levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The package of bills amends…

Registered for the BSWAT payment scheme? You can now apply for your payment

Did you, or someone you know, register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme? You can now apply for your BSWAT payment. You need to apply for a payment by 30 November 2017. Find out about the BSWAT Payment Scheme on the website of the Department of Social Services (DSS). The website has information booklets in Easy English and…

Disability Peak CEOs Meet to Discuss Key Issues at NDIA CEOs Forum September 2017

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) holds regular forums for CEOs of national peak organisations. The purpose of the meetings are to talk about the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), as well as to listen to feedback from the sector. The members of DPO Australia attend these forums to discuss key issues and concerns…

UN Special Rapporteur: Self-determination is key to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released her report on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, based on her visit earlier this year. In her report, Ms Tauli-Corpuz noted that current Government policies and priorities ‘do not duly respect the rights to self-determination and…

NDIS In Crisis, Say Disability Groups As Complaints Soar

Complaints with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning processes have soared by 700 percent in the last year, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Many of the complaints related to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) conducting planning meetings by phone – a practice which has now changed. The NDIA have made a statement that they…