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14/01/2020
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Seeking feedback on NDIS market setting impacts on providers supporting participants with psychosocial disability

NDS is seeking feedback on the impact of NDIS market settings on providers supporting participants with psychosocial disability.
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29/11/2019
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Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System releases interim report

This report estimates the cost of mental ill health to the Victorian economy at $14.2 billion a year.
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25/11/2019
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Victorian SDA to transition to requirements of Residential Tenancies Act from January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking re-gazettal of all existing group homes under the Disability Act 2006, from 1 January 2020.

NDS Submission to the NSW Disability Advocacy Review

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18/10/2019

I need to know this because:
  • NDS supports the ongoing funding of advocacy services in NSW separate to NDIS funding
  • Sustainable funding arrangements for advocacy in NSW are critical to safeguard the rights of people with disability
  • Access to independent advocacy is a key to achieving the outcomes outlined in the NDIS Practice Standards
  • Programs that bring service providers and advocacy organisations together to promote self determination should be supported.

The NSW Government has shown a commitment to advocacy services through its Transitional Advocacy Funding Supplement, however it has yet to determine ongoing funding arrangements. This review, commissioned as part of the role of the new Ageing and Disability Commission, aims to consider how advocacy funding and services are delivered in NSW and in particular establish future funding arrangements to secure a strong advocacy program into the future.NDS's submission highlights the critical role of advocacy and supports recommendations by the Productivity Commission and others for advocacy to remain outside the scope of the NDIS. This is vital to ensure that people with disability can gain access to the Scheme and that those who are ineligible for NDIS funded supports can continue to receive advocacy support.We also highlight the importance of advocacy services in safeguarding the rights of people with a disability and in supporting providers to deliver on the outcomes as specified in the NDIS Practice Standards where several standards require providers to facilitate access to independent advocacy.The consultation paper sought views about the role of peak bodies and a possible framework by which they could report on outcomes. We highlighted the role that peak bodies play in advocating for the sector (and through the sector people with a disability) and suggested that a reporting framework designed in collaboration with a broad range of peak bodies may be a way to capture these outcomes. Our submission can be found here: (PDF | Word)

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