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17/09/2019
Policy News

Disability provider obligations under the Portable Long Service Scheme in Victoria

Information on employer obligations under the Portable Long Service Scheme has been released by the Victorian Portable Long Service Authority.
Policy News
10/09/2019
Policy News

Changes for Government and Non-Government SDA providers as amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act come into effect

Changes include vacancy coordination, fire service and board/lodging.
Policy News
5/09/2019
Policy News

Streamlining Agreements: Victorian SDA Residential Agreement and Information Statements Released

Consumer Affairs Victoria release the new SDA lease agreements

A Snapshot of Blindness and Low Vision Services in Australia

31/07/2015

I need to know this because:
  • Find out the current issues relating to current capacity in anticipation of rising demand for blindness, low vision and rehabilitation services
  • Gain a picture of service provision together with the main ‘pressure points’ as reported by the service providers that support Australians with vision loss
  • Find out the annual economic cost attributable to blindness and vision impairment in Australia
  • Gain a snapshot of the most utilised services in vision loss

Vision 2020 Australia, National Disability Services (NDS) and the Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) undertook an online survey of their collective members (service providers, consumer groups and research bodies), in order to obtain a national perspective on the blindness, low vision and rehabilitation sector. This report highlights issues relating to current capacity in anticipation of rising demand for blindness, low vision and rehabilitation services.

The findings clearly show  that demand for services exceeds current sector capacity, with all respondents citing demand outweighing supply and almost two-thirds noting staff being required to work outside set hours. More than half of the respondents reported an increase in service wait times on the previous year and more than a quarter reported having to refuse service. The majority of respondents anticipated that demand would further increase in the 2014 calendar year, across all service types.

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