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Denis Napthine has stepped down from the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Disability agency leaderless after Denis Napthine quits

The agency overseeing the $29 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme is without a permanent chief executive or chairman.

  • Michael Read

Yesterday

Briannah

Disability network helps 2000 students find employment

Briannah Milne secured an internship at a law firm via a program that connects employers to students with disabilities.

  • Michael Pelly

This Month

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth plans to champion employment opportunities for disabled workers.

Labor to champion disabled and younger workers

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth plans to champion the underutilised skilled workforce as part of the upcoming jobs summit.

  • Tom McIlroy

June

Singer-songwriter Tim Minchin with the ‘Airport Piano’ he will auction at the 2022 Art Of Music dinner, benefiting Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy.

Tim Minchin’s trashed piano is up for auction

The celebrated musician is donating the “desecrated” instrument to a charity providing music therapy, which faces a skills crisis.

  • Michael Bailey
When he was opposition spokesman, NDIS Minister Bill Shorten was highly critical of Martin Hoffman’s appointment.

Disability agency boss exits after Shorten criticism

However, NDIA chairman Denis Napthine remains in place, despite now minister Bill Shorten labelling his appointment a ‘disgrace’ when it was announced in February.

  • Michael Read
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New National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Bill Shorten wants to start with a blitz of COVID boosters and the legal appeals waiting list.

NDIS legal bill hits $40m as appeals quadruple

The National Disability Insurance Agency is spending $4 million a month on high-powered lawyers as participants challenge funding cuts.

  • Michael Read

May

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese claims victory.

Huge social funding pressures confront Albanese

The Albanese government faces a raft of large social challenges including huge pressure to lift funding for aged care, housing, childcare, mental health, hospitals, family violence and disability.

  • Tom Burton
Experts say mainstreaming educational support for disabled children would lessen pressure on the NDIS.

What to do about the NDIS?

With all the signs pointing to the need to reset the national disability what are the areas of reform to ensure the $30 billion NDIS is sustainable?

  • Tom Burton
‘Kick in the guts’:  Disability advocate David Cawthorn at Parliament Square in Hobart

High Court ruling ‘a kick in the guts’ for disabled

Disability advocate David Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair, said he was “gutted” after losing a High Court appeal over access to Parliament Square in Hobart.

  • Michael Pelly

NDIS fails to get more people into work

The $31 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme is failing to show the benefits of early intervention, and employment results for adults have deteriorated over the past few years.

  • Tom Burton and Tess Bennett

April

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is seeing a rapid increase in participants as significantly disabled people flock to the scheme.

NDIS cost to blow out to $64b by 2030: actuary report

An independent actuarial review is pointing to a further $19 billion in extra costs for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

  • Tom Burton
Julia Gillard deliberately designed the federal-state structure of the NDIS to resist any attempts to control its built-in cost blowout.

Next government must rein in NDIS spending monument

A genuine plan mapping out a sustainable future for the runaway NDIS will be needed to control the cost blowout in disability services, regardless of who wins the election.

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Labor campaign spokesman Jason Clare says autistic people are having their NDIS plans cut.

One in three NDIS participants is autistic

Labor is targeting the government for cutting back on NDIS payments for people with autism.

  • John Kehoe and Tom McIlroy
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Andrew Charlton is Labor’s candidate in the marginal seat of Parramatta.

NDIS ‘failure’ began at Gillard, says Labor star

Andrew Charlton backed Scott Morrison’s commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and blamed Julia Gillard for a big “public governance failure”.

  • John Kehoe and Tom McIlroy
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Awkward NDIS questions need answers

Are there better ways to spend an extra $40 billion per year than on the blowout in the cost of disability services? That is the difficult conversation about complex trade-offs that needs to be had.

  • Hassan Noura
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If Labor is serious about ensuring the NDIS is financially sustainable, it will need to go far beyond a pledge to end the rorts by consultants, lawyers and unregistered service providers.

Confront financially out-of-control NDIS or pay higher taxes

No one questions the need to support those with disabilities, but the present gigantic welfare scheme has expanded far beyond the original bipartisan intent.

  • John Kehoe
Bill Shorten has vowed to crack down on lawyers and consultants “rorting” the NDIS.

Lawyers, consultants leeching off NDIS: Labor

Shadow NDIS minister says an “excessive overreliance on consultants” is contributing to the scheme’s ballooning costs.

  • Hannah Wootton
Bill Shorten’s plan to crack down on lawyers and consultants “rorting” the NDIS will do little to stop the scheme hitting $60 billion a year by the end of the decade.

Rorting NDIS consultants a ‘rounding error’ in cost blowout

The biggest issue for the NDIS is that the number of people qualifying for the scheme is growing far faster than the population, says a Deloitte Access Economics consultant.

  • John Kehoe and Hannah Wootton

March

Tom Patrick: Taking a brick-by-brick approach to building the portfolio.

Barwon seeks $50m to fund disability housing deals

The healthcare fund manager’s specialist disability housing fund has acquired four properties in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for almost $50m.

  • Larry Schlesinger and Nick Lenaghan

February

The Defence Force has become the go-to option for the Morrison government whenever anything goes wrong.

The government falls back onto its thin khaki line

After decimating the institutions of care, government’s calls upon the ADF have morphed from helping in emergencies to providing logistics and daily care services.

  • Laura Tingle