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  • DisabilityCare Australia launches

    Posted 2/07/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    DisabilityCare Australia, a new scheme for providing support for people with disability, has commenced in locations across Australia. The launch of the scheme, formerly known as the NDIS, is the culmination of years of advocacy from the disability and carers sectors. It builds on work undertaken through the National Disability Strategy, the Productivity Commission, COAG and agreements reached between the Australian and state and territory governments.This post provides a brief guide to some key ... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, National Disability Insurance Scheme

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  • A short history of increases to the Medicare levy

    Posted 3/05/2013 by Amanda Biggs
    The Government is proposing to introduce legislation during budget week to raise the Medicare levy by 0.5% in order to help fund DisabilityCare, the name of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. This recent Flagpost outlined some of the reasons for securing funding for the scheme. The Medicare levy has been increased a number of times, and there have also been occasions where an increase has been proposed in order to fund other proposals. The Medicare levy is used to help fund Australia'... Read more...

    TAGS: Medicare, National Disability Insurance Scheme

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  • Paying for the NDIS: what about a levy?

    Posted 30/04/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    Image source: Australian Government
    There is increasing speculation that the Gillard Government is considering introducing a levy to help pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The question of how the NDIS would be financed was one of the key issues examined by the Productivity Commission (PC) in its inquiry which lead the Government to introduce the scheme.This post outlines the importance of the financing issue and what the Productivity Commission recommended as a model for funding the NDIS. It highlights some ... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, National Disability Insurance Scheme

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  • The question of equivalence: aged care or the NDIS for those over the age of 65

    Posted 6/02/2013 by Rebecca de Boer
    Image source: Living Longer Living Better website
    The legislation to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is due to be debated in Parliament this week. Under the legislation, people with a disability aged under 65 will be able to apply to receive NDIS supports but those aged over 65 will not. NDIS participants who turn 65 will have a choice about whether to remain in the NDIS or switch to the aged care sector. However, once NDIS participants over the age of 65 enter the aged care system (either residential care or home supp... Read more...

    TAGS: aged care, National Disability Insurance Scheme

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  • Social inclusion - what is it good for?

    Posted 17/01/2012 by Matthew Thomas
    Image source: Australian Government
    In recent weeks, social inclusion has become a topic of some debate. This follows reports that, subsequent to his appointment to the social inclusion portfolio in last year’s front-bench reshuffle, Mark Butler was unable to define what social inclusion means. In response to an article on social inclusion by Butler published late last year, Senator Mitch Fifield and former Keating Government Minister Gary Johns both criticised the term as being devoid of substance. Fifield went on to propose that... Read more...

    TAGS: National Disability Insurance Scheme, social citizenship, social inclusion, Social Inclusion Board

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  • Disability employment in Australia and the OECD

    Posted 2/12/2011 by Matthew Thomas
    Source: University of York
    Accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has released a report outlining a series of principles that it believes should guide the implementation of the national disability insurance scheme proposed by the Productivity Commission. In the report, PwC cites statistics which indicate that Australia ranks 21st out of 29 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in employment rates for people with a disability. It also highlights the fact that Australia is ranked 27t... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, employment, National Disability Insurance Scheme, OECD

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  • National disability insurance and the new parliament

    Posted 8/09/2010 by Luke Buckmaster
    Australia’s hung parliament has raised questions about the future of large-scale economic reforms such as emissions trading, the mining tax and national broadband. One significant potential reform in the social policy area over which there may also be uncertainty is national disability insurance.In recent years, there have been increasing calls from within the disability sector in Australia for the introduction of a new, national, long-term mechanism for funding support for people with disabilit... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, National Disability Insurance Scheme

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