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.
The Australian Government has pledged to introduce a new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee to cut red tape and wait times and improve the NDIS experience for participants.
Consultation on what should be included in the Guarantee and how NDIS processes could be improved is now open. Visit engage.dss.gov.au to find out more or to have your say.
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.
The Australian Government has redeveloped the Carer Gateway website to give carers quick and easy access to new services being implemented through the Integrated Carer Support Service. Continue reading
From 26 August 2019, people with disability and their carers, families and supporters can have their say on a new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee that will cut wait times and improve the NDIS experience for participants.
The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has announced the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
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.