NDIS: What are Service agreements with providers?
Most of your NDIS supports will be delivered by providers. Providers are people or businesses of your choice.
You will normally need to make a written agreement with your provider(s). This is called a Service Agreement.
Service Agreements should be simple and set out how and when your supports will be delivered.
Service Agreements can be made between you and your provider, or between another person (like a family member or friend) and your provider.
To find out more about your rights go to the NDIS website
New NDIS Participant Pathway
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released details of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ‘pathway’ designed to significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the NDIS.
The pathway refers to the experience participants and providers have from their first interaction to their ongoing engagement with the NDIS.
Central to the new participant pathway is the delivery of face-to-face engagement for all NDIS plan development, based on the individual’s preference.
The new pathway will include:
• A consistent point of contact, who plays a key role in empowering participants to achieve outcomes.
• Planning being undertaken with a skilled Local Area Coordinator or NDIA planner who will spend time understanding the unique needs of each participant.
• A stronger focus on the broader system of supports for people with disability, including other government services such as health, education and transport, to promote greater inclusion and a sense of community for people with disability.
• Communication which emphasises the objectives of the NDIS, with a clear focus on outcomes and goals during planning discussions.
• Information that is clear, consistent and available in accessible formats, such as plain English and braille.
• An improved NDIS portal and tools, combined with more straightforward processes that will reduce the administrative cost for providers.
The new pathway will now be progressively piloted and tested over the coming months before being rolled out nationally.
To learn more about the bew NDIS pathway, visit the NDIS website.
AFDO's Disability Loop has put this in plain English here
NSW Disability Alliance - Team Up
Team Up, an alliance of NSW disability organisations dedicated to promoting peer groups for people with disability, celebrated its launch last week with the announcement of a series of grants to empower and expand peer groups.
Team Up – Peers Creating Change is a partnership project between the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID), Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) and Diversity and Disability Alliance (DDA).
Team Up is about people learning the skills to support one another as peers, not just waiting for service providers. Everyone is an expert in their own lives and Team Up believes that sharing skills with each other is part of a good life.
Team Up is training people to be great peers and how to run great peer groups. All training will be run by people with disability and their supporters for people with disability and their supporters. Training can be arranged for peer groups, in people’s local area and in language.
People can also apply for a grant of up to $1000, $5000 or $10000. These grants can help people to start a peer group, further develop an existing peer group or run a project with an existing peer group!
The closing date is 14 October 2107.
19 Stories brings attention to the right to living independently & being included in the community under Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Find out more about the project, including lessons and research about inclusive citizenship for all on the website: 19stories.org.au
Stakeholder Survey about the National Disability Strategy
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is inviting people with disability, their carers and families to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Engagement Survey.
An important part of the work of DSS doing is finding out what people with disability, their families and carers think about disability in Australia and the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (the Strategy).
The survey includes questions about things like health care, employment and access to the local community for people with disability.
Your feedback will help the government to create better policies, programs and communities so people with disability are able to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
If you would like to complete the 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey, click here!
Speak Out Conference 2017: “Out of the shadows – into a life!”
The Speak Out Self Advocacy Conference is the longest running conference for people with intellectual disability in Australia.
The 2017 Conference is being held at Wrest Point Casino from 14th to 16th September 2017.
Accommodation information can be found below, and further information including the Registration Form and Flyer will be available shortly.
Key Conference Information
14-16 September 2017
Wrest Point Casino
Further information about the conference will be available soon.
Become a member of Physical Disability Australia
Physical Disability Australia (PDA) is a national peak membership based organisation for people with physical disability, and it’s on the hunt for more members.
If you have a physical disability or know someone who does then please consider becoming a member of PDA. Having more members will help PDA speak with authority when it raises issues that impact on the lives of people with physical disability.
PDA is actively working to ensure the needs of all Australians with Physical Disability are taken into account by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and other Federal, State and Territorial government departments.
To find out more about PDA, check-out their website: www.pda.org.au
To join PDA, complete and submit the form at: www.pda.org.au/register-online
Membership in PDA is free and open to all Australians with physical disability, their family members and supporters.
January 30, 2017
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has opened the first funding round for both ILC Jurisdictional Grants in the ACT and the ILC National Readiness Grants.
October 5, 2016
"Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights" Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin will be conducting a national consultation which will help guide the development of his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability. These consultations aim to engage with the disability community and gather information and knowledge on the extent and nature of disability discrimination and the human rights of people with disability in Australia. The focus of the consultations will be guided by the Commissioner's National Consultation Discussion paper which sets out five proposed areas of priority as being: Employment Education Housing The criminal justice system Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Consultations will be held in each capital city and some regional centres between October 2016 - March 2017
August 3, 2016
We are in the midst of one of the biggest social reforms in Australian history. This change provides hope and opportunity, but will require courage to imagine more and strive for what is possible. Imagine More’s third conference, themed “Strengthening Communities- Making the most of the NDIS”, will offer opportunities to hear from local, national and international speakers sharing stories and approaches that support meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.
August 3, 2016
Friday 2 September