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SDA Update and Overview Resource

NDS has released an overview for SDA Providers of the complex regulatory environment and invites members to join an online SDA reference group.
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NDS calls for delay of Portable Long Service Scheme for community services sector

In its submission to government, NDS argues that the continuing confusion around the Portable Long Service Scheme means a delay is necessary.
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Portable Long Service Scheme to cover all disability services

Draft regulations for the scheme, which originally excluded NDIS-funded activity, include all disability services from 1 January 2020.

State of the Disability Sector Report 2015

State of Disability Sector Report 2015

10/12/2015

I need to know this because:
  • Get the latest data from the NDS Business Confidence Survey which examines the sector’s ability to adjust to the changing environment
  • Find out the key issues facing providers in NDIS trial sites
  • Read about how providers are responding to workforce challenges including growing casualisation and changing recruitment methods
  • Find out the challenges facing the support employment sector

The journey to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is gathering pace. 20,000 participants in seven states and territories now have an approved NDIS plan; a new site is commencing in northern Queensland; and bilateral agreements now outline how the NDIS will roll out across NSW and Victoria.

For disability service providers, the journey to the NDIS is arduous and uncertain. Providers don’t lack the will to proceed, but they do lack resources and a clear map of the terrain ahead. This year’s release of strategies which outline the NDIS market architecture, the approach to purchasing assistive technology, the Information Linkages and Capacity-Building framework and rural and remote support provide some guidance. However, these strategies are high-level and require detailed action plans to give them practical meaning.

Other parts of the NDIS are still unknown, for example, the regulation of quality and safeguarding and some critical features of the design, such as pricing and housing, remain highly problematic

The ultimate test of the NDIS will be how well it improves the lives of Australians with disability. There are early stories from the trial sites which give a glimpse of the beneficial impact the NDIS can have on the lives of participants and their families.

Publication: State of the Disability Sector Report

The journey to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is gathering pace. 20,000 participants in seven states and territories now have an approved NDIS plan; a new site is commencing in northern Queensland;

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