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 Head of Policy & Strategy.
Luke is a Subject Matter Specialist in SDA & SIL.
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.
Serco runs private prisons and 11 of Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres and now they will be running the NDIS’ contact centres.
The precedent set by the case of LMNT v. the NDIA at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will force the Agency to completely rethink how it creates childhood plans. Friend of DSC Sam Prior gives you the lowdown on what every carer and provider needs to know.
The Pathways Review was released without much fanfare earlier this week. But this important document offers hope that change is afoot, writes Sara Gingold.
The NDIA have announced the organisations who will be operating as Local Area Coordinators (LACs) across South Australia.
The NDIA have made a very important change in the functionality of the Participant Portal, writes Sally Coddington.