In March 2019, the Australian Government announced that Commonwealth funding for most transitioning programs has been extended up to 30 June 2020 to help providers support eligible clients remaining in programs to transition to the NDIS.
People who are eligible for the NDIS will access their services and supports through their NDIS plan, ensuring supports meet their individual needs. Anyone who currently accesses a Commonwealth disability program who is ineligible for the NDIS will continue to receive supports through Continuity of Support arrangements. In most cases, this will be through existing arrangements where programs are still operating.
It is important that people test their eligibility for the NDIS as soon as possible.
Through the provision of targeted supports and services for people with disability and carers, the Department of Social Services (DSS) works to improve their independence and participation in community and economic life.
On 18 February 2019, the Government supported a motion in Parliament to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. Continue Reading
The BSWAT Provider Portal is changing to read only on 16 December 2018. This will affect how you submit any remaining claims for payment for services provided under the BSWAT Payment Scheme (financial counselling or legal advice). Continue Reading
The Department of Social Services engaged Kantar Public to conduct primary research in order to provide a robust understanding of the business characteristics, attitudes and perceived barriers employers face in employing people with disability. Continue Reading