The Victorian Government has released an expression of interest to identify providers that it could transfer some DHHS run services to. Victoria is focusing this first EOI on Independent Living (SIL); Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (STAA)/Respite: Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS); and Behavioural Intervention Services (BIS). Organisations interested in applying for the Victorian EOI have until 29 June to submit their EOI.
This is a small scale experiment for Victoria, which has traditionally been reluctant to hand over state-run services to non-government providers. Victoria’s EOI follows on from the wholesale outsourcing of all NSW Government operated services that has been occurring over the past few months.
Look up the term ‘NDIS Subject Matter Specialist’ and you will find the definition is ‘Luke Bo’sher’. Luke has encyclopedic knowledge of the NDIS and knows so much about the SDA, it is seriously scary. Luke was a key player in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme design in his roles as a Director at the NDIA and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his time at the NDIA, Luke’s work focused on sector engagement, SDA and the murky areas of overlap between the NDIS and other mainstream systems such as health and education.
A couple of years ago, Luke completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy. In addition to a moonlighting with DSC, Luke’s day job is the Summer Foundation’s CEO.
The NDIS has now officially turned 5 and has marked the occasion with another Quarterly Report. Sara delves into this data-filled snapshot of 5 years of NDIS.
Earlier this year, we wrote that we were disappointed to see that Peer Workers had been removed from the list of professions who could provide Support Coordination. But now, as Evie reports, that has all changed in the updated Guide to Suitability.
There are few words that stir up more stress and emotion in NDIS Providers than ‘Portal.’ That is why we are pleased to announce that some long-awaited changes have finally arrived in Portal world.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently took the extraordinary step of publicly reprimanding the NDIA and calling for ministerial intervention. Sara explores how it came to this, and why being forced to appeal is detrimental to Participants.
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Affairs and one of the key NDIS architects, Jenny Macklin has announced her resignation from politics.
The latest Quarterly Report has finally landed. Sara picks out the key pieces of information that absolutely every provider needs to know.
The issue of transport, particular who pays for it and by how much, continues to plague both the NDIA and participants. Last month, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal heard another case of a young man appealing for extra funding to aid his transportation.
Earlier this month the Ombudsman released its report into the NDIA’s review processes and spoiler alert: the results aren’t pretty. Sara gives you the lowdown on what the Ombudsman said, and what it means for participants.
South Australia made the small but vital announcement last week to slow down their rollout schedule. Sara discusses how this was the decision they had to make, and why other States should follow their lead.
The Agency have announced the nine recommendations from the McKinsey Pricing Review that they will be implementing in July 2018.