National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
In 2013 the NDIS will will be a major project for NCID and our members. Work in progress will be listed here:
To view NCID submission on the NDIS Bill before Parliament click here click here; NCID's submission to the COAG consultation on the NDIS Regulatory Impact Statement click here; NCID's Fact Sheets (including call for NDIS Levy) on the NDIS click here
The National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) congratulates the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten and Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis for the extra $5.5 million over 4 years to assist more people with moderate intellectual disability find work in the open labour market.
The Supporting Australians with an Intellectual Disability program provides additional resources to Disability Employment Service providers to assist people with moderate levels of intellectual disability participate in the open labour market.
The Commonwealth must stop employment discrimination and segregation and instead support real inclusion, real jobs, real wages and uphold basic human rights
Today, the High Court of Australia dismissed the Commonwealth’s application to appeal the Federal Court decision which ruled that the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) discriminated against people with intellectual disability.
Today’s decision is a triumph for the human rights of people with intellectual disability in Australia.
The story by Joel Deane published by The Wheeler Centre, 6th May 2013, is a story that NCID hears all too often. It is a story of rejection that hurts many families around Australia.
The National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) calls on Commonwealth and State governments to address the prejudice that forces the segregation of families and children in Australia.
Separate schools, separate classrooms, and separate work places based on disability and rejection from the “mainstream” is discriminatory.
Australia should be horrified by the media presentations by Endeavour Foundation about the exclusion of employees with disability from superannuation.
Employers are not obliged to pay superannuation when an employee earns less than $450 per month. Of course all people would agree that all workers, disability or not, should have access to the superannuation savings scheme for their future.
What is disturbing is that the ABC Breakfast TV interview failed to mention “why” so many people with intellectual disability were earning less than $450 per month.
NDIS Levy introduction answers NCID’s call for dedicated and sustainable disability funding
NCID congratulations Prime Minister Gillard and the Labor Government on the introduction of a levy to fund the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). The dedication of specific funds to support people with disability will ensure the financial sustainability of the NDIS.
NCID calls on all political parties to support the introduction of the NDIS Levy and hopes that people with disability will be placed before political ‘point scoring’.
Dignity, Respect and Citizenship or charity, welfare and little else!
National Council on Intellectual Disability joins with people with disability and other disability representative organisations in expressing our strong disapproval of the proposed name change for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to DisabilityCare Australia.
Why has the Government ditched the name that has garnered support from the Australian community (NDIS), people with disability and family members? As the NDIS is about to begin why is all the good will that has been generated being jeopardised and lost in a ‘re-branding’ exercise? Or, is the intention to change the principles underpinning the NDIS from one of a full life to one of basic care?