People with disabilities--Services for


7 Dec 2017

By 2019–2020, it is expected that 47,000 of the 460,000 total NDIS participants with approved plans will be children aged between 0–6. The NDIA estimates that a further 59,000 children aged between 0–6 may identify as having a developmental delay or disability, but are not...


4 Dec 2017

The State of the Disability Sector Report for 2017 paints a picture of a sector under pressure.

The NDIS and new DES program are expanding competition and consumer choice. The shifting environment has increased uncertainty. Providers are finding it harder to recruit staff, the...


3 Dec 2017

People with disability use a range of mainstream health services—such as GPs, medical specialists and dentists. Some experience difficulties in accessing these services, such as unacceptable or lengthy waiting times, cost, inaccessibility of buildings, and discrimination by health professionals.


29 Nov 2017

For people with disability, the accessibility and inclusivity of the community in which they reside fundamentally impacts how they live, work and socialise. A lack of accessibility creates external barriers that are not a function of a person's disability, but are a function of how...


16 Nov 2017

To many, Productivity Commission reports epitomise the harsh, economically dry prescriptions that often prove unpalatable to governments. So here’s a surprise.

In its recent report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the commission’s laudatory superlatives just keep flowing. It describes the scheme as “a...


6 Nov 2017

This resource combines individual and organisational stories with information and data to highlight the effects of disruption across the human services sector in the last decade.

ACTCOSS has recommended the ACT and Commonwealth governments act on the 'Top ten jobs for now', outlined in...


19 Oct 2017

Key points • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a complex and highly valued national reform. If implemented well, it will substantially improve the wellbeing of people with disability and Australians more generally. • The level of commitment to the success and sustainability of...

Journal article

2 Oct 2017

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has the potential to substantially transform care for Australians with disabilities. One of the key components of this system is individual funding – where the person with disability is allocated an amount of resource that they...


25 Sep 2017

I recently attended the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service conference in Brisbane, and was surprised that at Australia’s premier forum on primary health care (PHC) there was not one presentation on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the impact of its rollout...


13 Sep 2017

NDS commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to research and establish a knowledge base on the contribution and potential of the WA disability sector under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

In developing the plan, there was extensive engagement within the disability sector and analysis of...


7 Sep 2017

The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the committee) was established on 1 September 2016 following the passing of a resolution in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The committee is comprised of five members and five senators and is...


30 Aug 2017

One of the most important tasks for the NDIS is to create more housing for people with disability, especially for young people living in aged care. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments are the mechanism the NDIS is using to stimulate the creation of this housing....


17 Aug 2017

More than four million, or almost one in five, Australians are living with disability across every one of the 537 LGAs in Australia. All local councils around Australia are currently involved in supporting the social and economic inclusion of people with disability.



15 Aug 2017

Executive Summary

It is estimated that 64 000 people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition will become NDIS participants by 2019-2020. For these people the Scheme presents a significant opportunity to increase supports and improve outcomes. However, psychosocial disability differs...

Research report

11 Aug 2017

This research report that aims to help tertiary response services to respond effectively to the needs of women with disabilities. It draws on the experiences of women with disabilities who have experienced violence and abuse and have used tertiary response services.

Women with disabilities...


10 Aug 2017

The Victorian Government is committed to strengthening and safeguarding the rights of vulnerable Victorians. Community Visitors work with some of the most marginalised people in our community to voice their concerns and safeguard their rights. In responding to the recommendations of the Community Visitors Annual...


13 Jul 2017

This report is concerned with prospects for quality services and decent jobs under Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Specifically, it examines how the prices set by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are:

• affecting disability support workers;

• enabling employers of...

Briefing paper

14 Jun 2017

In the 2017 Federal Budget, the Government reaffirmed its commitment to improving employment outcomes for people with disability and announced changes to the Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

The changes aim to better meet the needs of participants with disability, injury or health condition;...


24 May 2017

A Melbourne Social Equity Insititute research team recently embarked on a project to explore the degree to which the NDIS is achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability using these services.

Introduced in 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme...

Discussion paper

4 May 2017

The vision of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is compelling:

• choice and control for people with disability and their families;

• double the funding for disability support to respond to the high need for services and equipment;

• an insurance...