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Outcomes with Bayley House day service programs

Bayley House shares two stories from its day service programs which provide participants with the experience and knowledge to become part of their community.

Proposed new wage structure for the Supported Employment Services Award

NDS has developed an infographic setting out the key elements and implementation timeframe of the FWC’s proposed wages framework for supported employment.

NSW Worker Screening: What you need to know

NDS were joined by Michael Rosmalen, Director NDIS Worker Check, NSW Office of the Children's Guardian for an overview of the NDISWC application process.

Bushfire Information and Support

photo of RFS uniform, hanging up. Left hand side reads, Bushfire hub with NDS logo

When natural disasters strike, providers can face unusual circumstances impacting their ability to deliver services or requiring specific action to maintain client safety.

Please keep us informed about any particular issues impacting on your ability to deliver services so that we may assist in resolving them.

We urge members in fire-affected areas to keep abreast of fire information:

For the most up-to-date information, tune into your local ABC radio station. ABC Emergency has a number of resources, including emergency planning for bushfires.  

NSW

Incidents and warnings - RFS website
Fire map -  RFS Fires Near Me map

Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737
Bushfire Customer Care Service / Housing assistance - Office of Emergency Management

Air quality - NSW Dept. of Environment

SA

Incidents and warnings - Country Fire Service

Bushfire Information Hotline: 1800 362 361
Recovery information - DHS South Australia

Air quality - EPA South Australia

Vic 

Incidents and warnings - VicEmergency
Relief and recovery information - VicEmergency

Air quality - EPA AirWatch

Qld

Incidents and warnings - RFS website
Fire map - Map of current fires

Air quality - Qld Dept. of Environment and Science

ACT 
Incidents and warnings - ACT Fire and Rescue
NSW fire incidents and warnings - RFS website / RFS Fires Near Me map

Air quality - ACT Health 

WA

Incidents and warnings - Emergency WA
Bushfire information - Department of Fire and Emergency Services (WA)

Air quality - WA Dept. Water and Environmental Regulation

Tas

Incidents and warnings - TasALERT
Fire map - Tasmanian Fire Service

Air quality - EPA Tasmania or download the AirRater app

NT
Incidents and warnings - Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service

Air quality - Northern Territory EPA

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has advice for providers and participants relating to the NDIS and bushfire and emergency support.  You can also keep up-to-date with the latest NDIA news and information.

As at 8 December 2020, advice to providers from NDIA is:

The NDIA expects all registered providers to have emergency plans in place and ready to enact if required, as part of their registration requirements.

In the event of an emergency or disaster, you should always follow the local advice for your state or territory. 

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency website has information for small business and primary producers and families and individuals, particularly about financial and mental health assistance.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) developed an information portal for small and medium businesses in response to the 2019-20 fires. Information includes finance and tax, grants, insurance, mental health support.

The Australian Government's business.gov.au holds a range of practical information on what to do in an emergency

Financial assistance and advice is also available on the National Debt Helpline, which is staffed by financial counsellors and can be contacted on 1800 007 007.  Further, rural financial counsellors work with non-agriculture related small businesses (as well as farmers, offering free and independent financial support to primary producers). The Rural Financial Counselling Service can be contacted on 1300 735 578.  

People in bushfire affected regions may be able to access Disaster Payments from Centrelink. More information is available on the Services Australia website. The ACCI bushfire portal has information about grants and other financial support available to Australian businesses.

Information about insurance is available through:

There are a number of resources available to help with understanding the bushfires and their impact.  The best resources for you may be available through your local networks - here are just a few that we've found: 

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so locally to charities in your state or territory or nationally. The Disaster Assist website has a list of endorsed registered charities and advice about volunteering and reporting scams. You can also donate to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery, or The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal. Please note: many relief agencies ask people not to donate material goods.