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25/01/2022

ABC Radio Perth—Response to the WA border not reopening

NDS chief executive Laurie Leigh spoke with ABC Radio in WA on Friday after Premier Mark McGowan announced the border would not reopen on 5 Feb due to low booster vaccination rates.
In the media
24/01/2022

Canberra Times—Omicron wreaks havoc on NSW's vulnerable

People with disability have spoken out about the shortages of disability workers resulting from the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
In the media
20/01/2022

SBS: Fears aged care homes at 'breaking point'

Concern about aged care homes continues with disability services also facing workforce shortages and lack of rapid anigen tests.
In the media
20/01/2022

Sydney Morning Herald: Disability services hit by COVID furloughs as cases rise

Disability workforce shortages have been put under further strain due to furloughing of workers, amidst calls for urgent support.
In the media
12/01/2022

The Guardian: Covid-related staff shortages in Australian disability sector leave some without vital services

Additional strain on what is already a strained system. The disability sector is facing staff shortages with up to 20 per cent in isolation and lack of Rapid Antigen Testing.
In the media
12/01/2022

ABC News Radio: Worrying workforce and testing shortages in disability sector

"Providers are reporting vacancy rates from 10 per cent to as much as 25 per cent of the staff team being available to work," said Laurie Leigh, Chief Executive of National Disability Services.
In the media
20/12/2021

Disability Support Guide: Accessible housing design to be only used across half of Australia

New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia have each opted out of national accessible housing standards.
In the media
20/12/2021

The Australian: NDIS cost hikes fault of government, advocates say 

Laurie Leigh, interim chief executive of NDS, said any proposed cuts to the NDIS should consider the social and economic benefits the scheme brings. 

In the media
9/12/2021

The Australian: Disability sector ‘stressed, frustrated and pessimistic’, new report shows

The disability sector is stressed, frustrated and pessimistic with providers identifying the government agency that oversees the National Disability Insurance Scheme as their number one concern.
In the media
8/12/2021

ABC News: Limited support services in the remote NT are forcing people with disabilities to relocate

More than 1,700 NDIS participants live in remote parts of the Northern Territory, but advocates say there is highly inadequate access to support, forcing them to relocate to the city.