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  • Voting online? Don’t count on it

    Posted 25/11/2014 by Philip Hamilton

    In the 2013 Federal Election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) lost 1,370 ballot papers. Subsequent inquiries examined the selection of polling locations, the transport and storage of completed ballot papers, and the recruitment and training of temporary staff in short timeframes.

    The logistics are challenging, but are they necessary? We already do our banking and shopping online – why not voting?

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    TAGS: Australian Electoral Commission, election results, elections, voting, disability

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  • The 'mind-body problem' and proposed DSP reforms

    Posted 18/11/2014 by Matthew Thomas
    The interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System led by Patrick McClure was released on 29 June 2014. The report contains proposals for significant reforms to the Disability Support Pension (DSP). The reforms would see the DSP reserved for people with a permanent impairment and no capacity to work. Those people with a partial capacity to work would be placed on a lower tiered working age payment and provided with support to improve their employment capacity. The proposals r... Read more...

    TAGS: Disability Support Pension, mental health, disability employment, welfare reform

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  • New restrictions on disability pensioners travelling overseas

    Posted 26/08/2014 by Michael Klapdor

    In the midst of heated debate over the Budget’s welfare reforms some significant measures have escaped the headlines, including new restrictions on Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients travelling overseas. The measures, proposed by the Social Services and Other Legislation (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014, will reduce the time disability pensioners can spend overseas from six-weeks at a time to four weeks in a 12-month period. A number of submissions to the Senate committee inquiry into the Bill, from individual DSP recipients and from welfare groups, took issue with the changes suggesting that DSP was being unfairly targeted and that the measures would increase red tape.

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    TAGS: disability, welfare policy, social security, pensions

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  • Concerns raised over Government disability payments scheme

    Posted 26/08/2014 by Luke Buckmaster
    The Senate is scheduled this week to debate legislation establishing a payment scheme for around 10,000 workers with intellectual disability whose wages were determined using a tool found by the Full Court of the Federal Court to be discriminatory. The use of tool, the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT), has long been contentious and the Government’s proposed BSWAT payment scheme is equally so. Background In 2012 the Full Court of the Federal Court decided (Nojin v Commonwea... Read more...

    TAGS: disability

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  • Parliamentary Library Lecture: Innovation and job targets the keys to disability employment

    Posted 27/03/2014 by Luke Buckmaster
    Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia, has told a Parliamentary Library Lecture that poverty for people with disabilities in Australia will not be overcome by changes to the system of income support. Instead, he argued, Australia should commit to a national challenge to create jobs for people with disabilities over the next decade. Mr Wallace argued that ‘Australia has a troubling record on jobs on disability’: We rank 21st out of 29 OECD countries in emplo... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, disability employment

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  • Future growth in DSP receipt—not all bad news

    Posted 9/10/2013 by Carol Ey
    No doubt one of the priorities of the proposed review of income support payments will be the Disability Support Pension (DSP). DSP numbers have risen substantially in recent decades, despite numerous reforms designed to tighten eligibility and hence restrict growth. However a recent paper suggests that changes made to other income support payments have offset these reforms, and that the story is more positive than previous reports suggest.The factors behind DSP growthThe paper examines the facto... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, social security

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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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  • Paying for the NDIS: what about a levy?

    Posted 30/04/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    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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  • Disability employment in Australia and the OECD

    Posted 2/12/2011 by Matthew Thomas
    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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  • Disability Support Pension Customers: Statistical Summary

    Posted 7/04/2011 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is a means tested payment for people with a disability. To be eligible for the DSP a person must be permanently blind or have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment. To qualify for the DSP, a person must be aged 16 years or over but have not reached pension age at the time of claiming (for more information on eligibility see the Centrelink website). As at June 2010, there were 792 581 DSP customers, this is an increase of 35 463 (4.7 per... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, pensions, statistics

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