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.
Luke has been a key player in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme’s design in his roles as a Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his time at the NDIA Luke’s work focused on engagement with the sector to increase housing options for NDIS participants and the delineation between the NDIS and other mainstream systems such as health and education.
In the non-government sector Luke led the establishment of the Australia’s peak body for young people, worked as a Community Projects Manager at Mission Australia and has served on the Board of community sector peak bodies and home and community care providers. Luke’s disability sector experiences includes three years working in residential disability services, including government and non-government run group homes. Luke has recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy. In addition to working with Disability Services Consulting, Luke is also the Summer Foundation’s Head of Policy & Strategy.
The NDIA have this morning made two important announcements: 1. A new participant pathway is being trialled and 2. The price limits for Short Term Accommodation (Respite) will be increased.
The NDIA recently updated the Specialist Disability Accommodation Price Guide, increasing both New Build and Existing Stock prices by 2.1%.
The 2017 Budget confirmed that the NDIS will be fully funded by an increase in the Medicare levy. Evie looks at what this means and explores what else Budget 2017 had to say about the NDIS.
The Victorian Government has released an expression of interest to identify providers that it could transfer some DHHS run services to.
The NDIA have now released the list of organisations who will be funded under the Information, Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) program in the ACT.
Feros Care, Latrobe Community Health, Carers QLD and IWC have been announced as the new LACs across several 2017 rollout regions.
In the ILC Program Guidelines released last week, the NDIA confirmed that the upcoming funding round for ILC is not just about the ACT. In addition to Jurisdictional based grants, around $15 million in "National Readiness Grants" will be up for tender.
In a move that calls into question the 'National' component of the NDIS, Western Australia has decided it will run its own version of the NDIS.
Jenna Williams explores our concerns with the SA Government's readiness approach and provides some advice on how grant applicants can make the most of the funding.
The review Christian Porter set up into the NDIS Portal is in. And it is not good news for the NDIA. Roland Naufal outlines key elements of the PWC report