Many students with a disability are bullied, excluded and do not feel welcome in Australian schools. They cannot be ignored in the next National School Reform Agreement.
Intended to be a no-fault insurance scheme for Australians with severe and permanent disability, the NDIS has changed lives but also been the subject of controversy in its first decade.
The growing use of external consultants to do government work has led to a “hollowing out” of the public service.
If people with disability can’t access the NDIS, they’re often left without any services or supports. This needs to change.
Our analysis of part-time work and its impact on wellbeing shows getting more people with disability into employment could save millions in health-care costs.
Making it possible for NDIS participants to choose registered or unregistered providers affords the ‘dignity of risk’.
Many people with disability – who are at increased risk of illness and death from COVID – continue to isolate at home to avoid infection and are effectively shut out of society.
The original vision for the NDIS was that it would give people with disabilities a say in how services are delivered. The appointment of an NDIA chair who is disabled is a positive move.
Some NDIS participants worry if they don’t spend their annual funds, they won’t be offered the same support in their next plan – and it’s harder for some to use what they’ve been allocated.
Reports of large-scale NDIS fraud show it’s time to work with participants and involve them in oversight.