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NDIS offices in Townsville, Palm Island, Mackay and Dysart will be closed due to the high chance of a cyclone Debbie affecting the North Queensland region. The Mount Isa office remains open at this stage.

This weeks Q&A is up! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda.

In Victoria's Wimmera, Bev Young is trying to keep tabs on her footballing sons; Clinton played for Hawthorn in their 2008 grand final and five of her six boys are still playing. There was a time not so long ago when she wouldn’t have been able to count 24-year-old Lachie among them, but she can now.

Two local service providers will share in $17.6 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the ACT to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Providers may be reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in relation to supports funded for a NDIS participant. Providers are required to supply any information requested by the NDIA in relation to the provision of supports within a reasonable time frame. This activity is provided for under the Agency Terms of Business that are a requirement for all registered providers.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is aware of a potential scam involving participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the attempted collection of personal details by a third party.

The official 2017 World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) campaign video has a powerful question for communities worldwide - and a fantastic video too - what does “special needs” mean anyway?

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will today launch the NDIA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy and Rural and Remote Strategy in Cairns.

These Strategies outline how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be delivered to all eligible Australians regardless of where they live and in a culturally respectful manner.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the Rural and Remote Strategy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy.

These strategies focus on the existing strengths and features of rural and remote communities, along with engaging in the ‘proper way’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Read this weeks Q & A#ndisqanda.

More than 1000 new jobs could be created across Ipswich and an additional $240 million injected in to the region's economy with the roll out of the NDIS.

Read the article from the Whitsunday Times.

The Chairman of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Dr Helen Nugent AO, has announced the reappointment of the NDIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Bowen, for a period of up to six months from 9 May 2017.

Our weekly Q&A is up! Find out the questions answered this week #ndisqanda.

With an eye to International Women's Day, Robyn Lambird's message for all women is simple: pursue your dreams. People are going to tell you that you should do something else, that you should be more realistic. But there comes a time when you've just got to do what you're passionate about.

Meet Oni; one of the more than 60,000 participants now receiving support under the NDIS. Oni is a Year 11 student who is already working part-time so that he can enter the workforce as soon as he finishes school.

NDIS participant Mathew Jones has been featured in the Ballarat Courier, read the full article.

We’re continuing to take on board your frequently asked questions across social media. Read on to find out the questions answered in this week’s #ndisqanda.

Today is Rare Disease Day. We have featured Frank, a participant of the scheme.

His mum talks about Frank's rare disease, Mowat Wilson Syndrome and how the Scheme has helped Frank and his family.

If you are after a handy inclusive communication tool, look no further.

The Disability Diversity Council have created a guide: Ten tips for more inclusive communication. It covers a range of topics including tips for accessible communication.

More than 61,000 Australians are now participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with an approved plan.

Join the NDIS Webinar about developing and starting your first plan today, Tuesday 28 February from 2.00pm – 3.00pm AEDT.

We are excited to announce that we will be posting Weekly Q&A updates . Read on to find out the questions answered in this weeks Q&A.

Read about NDIS paricipant Kirby Littley and her feature article in The Australian.

Improvement of disability activities in Gunnedah was on the agenda at last week’s community consultation, part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out in the region.

Five local service providers will share in $75 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Queensland to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.

"Advertising should be bold and reflect the world in which we live. With one in five of us living with disability, it’s a natural part of the human experience and, like other forms of diversity, it should be represented, not excluded." Cátia Malaquias has taken on the challenge and has made great inroads to having children and adults with disability represented in mainstream advertising campaigns.

$13 million will be made available to organisations across the country as part of a new grant round designed to make the community more inclusive and support people with disability.

Up to $3 million will be made available to organisations as part of a new grant round designed to make the community more inclusive and support people with disability in the ACT.

 

The first grant funding round for both ILC Jurisdictional Grants in the ACT and the ILC National Readiness Grant programs are now open. Applications must be submitted by 2.00pm AEDT on 8 March, 2017.

Two of our awesome planners helping to deliver the NDIS across Australia.

Join our webinar on developing and starting your first plan. If you have questions about getting ready for your planning conversation or want to hear about how you may best implement your plan, this is the webinar for you!

The Gosford NDIA office is closed Tuesday 7 February due to mechanical issues, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The office will be open as normal on Wednesday 8 February.

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

He’s played for Australia in indoor cricket and a decade of basketball for Victoria too, and while he took wickets steadily throughout the week – including two in the final – his highlight was simply catching up with mates from other states who he hadn’t seen in ages.

LAURA Scurr has been in the same wheelchair for 22 years. The Toowoomba businesswoman is one of the first people in the region to have their National Disability Insurance Scheme plan approved, which means a new chair.

Up to 1300 new jobs are expected to be created in the Northern Territory by 2020 as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The figures are revealed in the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Northern Territory Market Position Statement (MPS), which has been released today, and estimates a total workforce of between 2,150 and 2,700 at full scheme in 2020.

Thursday 26 January 2017 (Australia Day) is a National public holiday. Due to the public holiday there will be no NDIS payment run on this day (for self-managed participants or providers).

To ensure that you receive payments early, we recommend that you submit your outstanding Payment Requests between now and Tuesday 24 January 2017.

For Payment Requests submitted on 26 January 2017, payments will not be received in your bank account until Monday 30 January 2017.

"From the bottom of my heart to the end of my last breath, I’m thankful to NDIS for my son to be walking, talking and making possible all that he can do in the future." - Devi, mother of NDIS participant Ram, on how the NDIS has helped her son.

Spreading the word about the NDIS across the Loddon Area in Victoria.

Improvements have been made to the Factsheets and Publications page, if you’re looking for readily available scheme information, it’s the place to start.

For West Australian Bronwyn, last year was “horrendous” after the sudden death of her partner Neil from lymphoma and a subsequent move to the Maylands home they had chosen together.

Bronwyn, who has degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s Disease, is looking forward to a better 2017 thanks to the love and support of her family and friends, and the assistance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

To help build awareness and understanding of the NDIS in the Australian Deaf Community we have recently developed NDIS communications materials as Auslan videos, which are now available on the NDIS website.

This Christmas will be very different for the Hughes household, with five-year-old Caitie able to speak clearly for the first time, sing and — perhaps most importantly — tell her parents what she wants from Santa.

Today is a significant day for the NDIS, as the Scheme continues to roll out across Australia.

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. The information here outlines how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.

The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be expanded from 1 January 2017 to ensure it has the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three year expansion to 2019-20.

Four new regions across the country and two new age groups in South Australia and Tasmania will enter the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 January.

On 1 January 2017, people in a number of new areas and age groups across six states and territories will be eligible to access the NDIS.

When former teacher Carolyn Hunter was faced with the question of how her son Ben could earn his own money and gain independence, it took a bit of thinking and experimentation to figure it out.

But what emerged was an incredible social enterprise business idea.

High school students with disability are receiving the support they need to prepare for work and community life as part of an Australian-first project.

Take a survey about the development of the ALLPlay program that will create a culture of inclusion in sport for all children

Our monthly email newsletter is a great way to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

You may have a few questions about developing your first plan.

We understand that every person living with a disability has different needs, and we’re here to help you develop a plan that you have choice and control over.

The NDIS is the new way of supporting people with psychosocial disability. NDIS participant Kylie knows first-hand the nuances of psychosocial disability and shares with us how her life and the life of her family has improved since she joined the NDIS.

As the NDIS is introduced around Australia, you may have a few questions about how to access the NDIS; this video will help you answer some of the more common ones.

As Christmas is fast approaching we would like to inform you of our plans to manage payment requests during the Christmas and New Year period.

From Early Childhood partners in Charters Towers, Queensland, to Local Area Coordinators (LACs) in Greensborough, Victoria, our partnerships help provide local knowledge and experience in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The technical issues involving the Participant and Provider Portals, myplace, have been resolved.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated every year on 3 December.

Do you need more information on how to start your NDIS plan? We have developed some useful fact sheets that will help you to navigate your NDIS journey.

We are proud to announce that the NDIS has now completed all requirements to become a Disability Confident Recruiter.

Some participants who have scheduled plan reviews due during the months of September 2016 to February 2017 have had their plans extended.

"Dignified Access" occurs when all participants, providers, other visitors and employees have a safe and equitable access and a dignified user experience at all NDIA centres. Dignified Access considerations applies to people with both visible and invisible disabilities and barriers.

We have worked with consumers and carers to develop a new fact sheet that talks about how the NDIS works with people with psychosocial disability to have a positive impact on their lives.

When NDIS participant Aran Miller was born 22 years ago and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, his sole sibling – sister Narelle, who is almost 20 years his senior – vowed that he would never be given a label.

More than $3 billion has so far been committed to help people living with a disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a new report reveals.

NDIA Strategic Advisor, Peter de Natris, was recently interviewed by ABC's Babytalk program about how parents of children aged 0-6 can work with the NDIS to support their children and help them achieve their goals.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Market Approach statement seeks to support growth in the sector by outlining how the Agency will work with industry and the wider community to facilitate major growth in the size, number and range of disability support providers and the services they offer.p>

The Provider Portal Step by Step guide has been updated to assist Providers to manage their services within myplace.

A plan review and extension update is now avaiable on our website.

NDIS Website, Participant and Provider Portal offline from 6.00pm 19 November 2016 to 6.00pm 20 November for scheduled maintenance.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its 2015-16 Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Agency and Scheme.

NDIS Website and Participant and Provider Portal offline tonight, 3 November 2016 for scheduled maintenance

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s Maryanne Diamond, General Manager Media, Communications and Engagement Division, has been announced as one of four finalists in the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards.

Today, the NDIS continues its expansion across Queensland to include people with disability living in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays. This is a significant day for people with disability, their families and carers in these communities.

To mark the Melbourne Cup carnival award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with Geelong NDIS participant Brett Denham and his mother Michele about his work in the stables and passion for the Geelong Cats football team.

More Queenslanders will soon have access to the life-changing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out to people in the local government areas of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday from tomorrow.

As more people prepare to enter the NDIS you may have some questions about planning – find out more about developing your first plan with new resources now available.

NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme, but for around 460,000 Australians with disability, it’s going to stand for much more.

Over the weekend there has been a software update which has affected PRODA. This willl therefore impact on potential new providers who are trying to register.

On 1 November 2016, the NDIS will continue its expansion across Queensland to include people with disability living in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays.

The NDIA has released a Request for Tender for "Independent Benchmarking Survey Management Services", as part of the implementation of the Service Provider Benchmarking function. Find out more about Benchmarking and the Request For Tender.

Attending the 2016 Koori Rugby League Knockout is just one way our NSW Local Area Coordination partners are connecting with the community.

The focus of National Carer’s week is recognising and celebrating the contribution unpaid carers make to our community.

The Agency wishes to advise that issues preventing Providers from being able to log into the NDIS Provider Portal myplace over the past 24 hours have now been rectified.

The NDIS Contact Centre, 1800 800 110 is now operating 8am to 11pm local times, Monday to Friday.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin recently published an opinion article in the Sydney Morning Herald on why the NDIS is important and how it is changing lives.

We have developed a set of communication boards to ensure NDIS staff can communicate effectively with people with complex communication needs.

Based on feedback we have received over the past few months, we are pleased to advise that the NDIS Contact Centre, 1800 800 110 is now operating 8am to 11pm local times, Monday to Friday.

A major study has been launched to develop Australia’s first national diagnostic guideline for autism led by The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

Sarah Johnson, Scheme Actuary from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been recognised for her vital role in the formation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being named the 2016 Actuary of the Year.

Due to extreme weather warnings in South Australia all community engagement sessions are cancelled today, 29 September 2016.

NDIS participant 32 year-old Robert Croft will exhibit his works in ArtGusto’s “Beat the Drum” exhibition, from 23 September to 1 October at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong.

Mother-of-two Wahibe Omran was this week handed her first NDIS plan in a celebratory morning tea in Canberra.

The three-year trial phase of Australia’s world-leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been successfully completed on time and on budget, a new report reveals.

The ACT economy will be boosted by $160 million a year and 1000 new jobs thanks to the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has updated its Operational Guidelines.

Did you know research suggests developmental delay occurs in up to 10% of kids under eight?

Bruce Bonyhady speech to Leadership Victoria

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is developing a new benchmarking function that will help existing and aspiring National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers compare their operations with other providers in the market.

We’re continuing to see payments flowing through the myplace portal as Payment Requests are submitted successfully.

To mark the start of the Paralympics award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with local Geelong athletes Richard Colman, Sam McIntosh and Jemima Moore about their pathway to Rio 2016.

I am grateful they have allowed me time today to write to you, my NDIS family; the thousands of Australians with disability, their families, friends and carers.

Auslan interpretations of some of our recent videos are now available.

Share your experience and insights on Assistive Technology systems currently being used in the disability sector.

The National Disability Insurance Agency has extended the Closing Date for applications for NDIS Partners in the Community Program until Thursday 22 September 2016 at 2.00pm AEST.

Take a look behind the scenes of the filming of Auslan interpretations of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information and the My NDIS pathway booklet.

Latest updates on the NDIS myplace portal for providers.

Payment Request success continues to grow – since 1 July 2016, the Agency has successfully processed over $65 million worth of Payment Requests.

Todays webinar will provide further information on the Partners in the Community Program.

Thank you for your continued efforts using the myplace portal, and for providing us with ongoing feedback about how things are working for you.

Over the past weekend, we continued to undertake work on the myplace portal to reflect the feedback you have provided us in relation to the Payment Request process.

Update on NDIS portal for self-managed participants.

The National Disability Insurance Agency welcomes the review of the implementation of the NDIS myplace portal - announced by the Hon. Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services and the Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services.

Staff from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) were at this year’s Garma Festival to talk to people about the NDIS, disability and inclusion.

To ensure all Australians with disability have the opportunity to learn more about the NDIS, the My NDIS Pathway booklet is now available in ten languages other than English.

On 5 August 2016, the Agency communicated to Providers with further updates regarding the myplace portal payment process.

A commitment to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in a way that demonstrates respect and support.

The National Disability Insurance Agency is partnering with organisations in the community across Australia to deliver the NDIS.

David Bowen, CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), has paid tribute to inaugural NDIS Independent Advisory Council member, Ms Lois Gatley.

We are now four weeks into to full scheme transition. Based on your feedback, we are putting in place arrangements to make it easier for you to adjust to the new system

On 1 July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from trial to full scheme transition - a move that included the introduction of a new ICT system to support the NDIS to be implemented nationally over the next three years.

Investment in disability support in Tasmania is expected to more than double in the next three years with the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is aware that some providers and participants are experiencing issues with the new NDIS portals.

The next NDIS webinar will be on 7 July 2016 at 1.00pm (AEST) and will focus on how you can get ready for the NDIS.

Today, the NDIS will start to be rolled out across Australia.

In just two days, the NDIS will start to be rolled out across Australia.

The NDIA has partnered with the Raising Children Network website to create online articles and a videos series to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for South Australia to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in South Australia in the coming years.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency M-Enabling Summit – Washington, D.C. 14 June 2016

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) will move from trial to a national scheme roll out from 1 July 2016. To support the national roll out of the NDIS a new Participant Portal, called ‘myplace’ will be introduced from 1 July.

Each year the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant and provider portals are closed prior to 1 July for end of financial year processing.

The NDIS May eNewsletter was sent to over 35,000 people last week.

On Tuesday 14 June at 1pm AEST the NDIA is hosting a webinar on the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland.

On Tuesday 7 June the NDIA is hosting a webinar on NDIS provider registration.

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‘Every Child with a Disability Every Chance’

David Bowen, CEO National Disability Insurance Agency
Letter to the editor of the Geelong Advertiser
11 May 2016

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for Queensland to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in Queensland in the coming years.

Close to 25,000 Australians with disability are now receiving the supports they need to live more independent lives, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

With all states and territories now committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is calling on communities, businesses and people right across Australia to get #ndisready.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) welcomes the Willing To Work National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability report from Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.   

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial in the Perth Hills has been extended until 30 June 2017 and will expand into additional parts of Western Australia.

The National Disability Insurance Agency offices and the NDIS Call Centre will be closed on Monday 25 April 2016 for the ANZAC Day national public holiday. Normal operating hours will recommence on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to present the Victorian Market Position Statement (MPS), the second of a series being developed to inform market stakeholders and help current and prospective providers of supports and services prepare for the opportunities that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in coming years.

This is a significant year for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as we begin to roll out the NDIS across Australia from 1 July 2016.

The NDIS is on time and on budget and client satisfaction is above 90 per cent.

CEDA: Melbourne
15 April 2016

The NDIS will transform access to affordable, stable and accessible housing by giving people with disability real choice and control around where they live and who they live with - a basic human right for all.

The NDIS Housing Innovation Showcase took place at Olympic Park in Sydney on Wednesday 6 April.

At 11am AEST on Tuesday 5 April we will be hosting a webinar on Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).

Following national consultation on the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Pricing and Payments framework, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the SDA Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. The paper is designed to provide advice to the market and to give stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the NDIA’s approach.

The NDIA will partner with the following three organisations to deliver the Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Victoria in 2016-2017

On Wednesday 16 March, the Commonwealth and Queensland governments agreed to roll out the NDIS in Queensland.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
CEDA: Adelaide
10 March 2016

The NDIS remains on budget and suggestions to the contrary are simply incorrect.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
Aussie Deaf Kids Conference
Melbourne
6 March 2016

For the first time, a nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability will exist with the release today of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach.

The NDIA is holding its first remote disability service provider forum in Adelaide on 22 March 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing assistance to more than 22,000 Australians with disability according to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) latest quarterly report.

The NDIA will use current New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania prices as an initial base for NDIS Queensland prices.

Want to know about how the NDIS will roll out in TAS and SA?

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours for the Australia Day national public holiday.

The Independent Advisory Council (IAC) has released the Independent Advisory Council End of Year Update 2015: Supporting an Ordinary Life for People with Disability, available for download in several formats.

The Australian Government has recently launched a new service to support Australia’s 2.7 million carers in their caring roles.

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. Please find more information below of how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.

On 11 December, the Bilateral Agreement for the roll out of the NDIS in South Australia was signed.

Today the NDIA released the results of a pilot study of the NDIS's new Outcomes Framework.

Extension of the Request for Tender for Independent Investigator Services

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Trial Sites across the country are participating in events to mark International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This includes:

On 3 December 2015, the Commonwealth and the Tasmanian governments agreed to roll out the NDIS in Tasmania.

At its meeting on 13th November 2015, the Disability Reform Council (the Council) endorsed a pricing framework, “The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework” (the Framework) to guide the approach to the implementation of specialist disability accommodation supports in the NDIS. View the Framework (DOCX 60KB).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is seeking a range of innovative ideas on possible housing pilots that will provide specialist disability accommodation for participants for whom such provision by NDIA is both reasonable and necessary.

Read about how the NDIS is bringing choice and control to the life of 19-year old Kirby in this month's eNewsletter. Also featured this month: The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy, The Joint Standing Committee’s second report, North Queensland prepares for the NDIS and Simone’s Digital Dreams to come true.

Commonwealth, state and territory disability ministers have released a report which summarises the outcomes of public consultations on quality and safeguarding in the NDIS in early 2015.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability. It is the biggest social reform in Australia since the introduction of Medicare. But reform takes time.

The National Disability Insurance Agency welcomes the Joint Standing Committee's second report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

After much anticipation, the National Disability Insurance Agency have begun the development of their ICT strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being led by Marie Johnson, Head of Technology Authority, NDIA.

Today NDIA released our latest quarterly report on the NDIS. The report shows that delivery of the NDIS continues to be on time and on budget.

In this month’s eNewsletter we follow NDIS participant Matthew’s journey to getting his licence, wrap up the NDIS New World Conference and provide more information on October’s Mental Health webinar.

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 2, Wednesday 28 October.

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 3, Thursday 29 October.

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 1, Tuesday 27 October.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
NDIS New World Conference – Brisbane
27 October 2015

The NDIA's Assistive Technology strategy has been released. Technology is increasingly enabling people with disability to perform tasks they could not otherwise do, to perform tasks more easily, and to perform them more safely and securely. It is allowing many people with disability to reach their potential at home, in their community and in the workplace.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) 2014-15 Annual Report tabled today shows the NDIS is continuing to deliver better support for people with disability, their families and carers. It describes what we have done and how we have managed our resources to build and operate the NDIS. It demonstrates that participants are experiencing increased opportunities to live ordinary lives and fulfil their goals and aspirations.

In our Living My Plan video, five NDIS participants talk about how their NDIS plans have changed their lives. Catch up with the participants as they explain how the last year has gone and where they want to take their plans next.

In July 2014, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) opened its doors in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory.

To mark Mental Health Week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will host a webinar on psychosocial disability and the NDIS.

Today the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced NDIS early transition sites in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island.

The NDIA is aware of an email circulating that appears to be from the NDIS and refers to ‘Shelbys Plan’. This email is a scam. Do not open it. It is currently being investigated.

On 16 September 2015, the bilateral agreements for the roll out of the NDIS in New South Wales and Victoria were signed by governments.

The Australian Government has commissioned an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act), as required under Section 208 of the NDIS Act.

Disability Reform is All About the Power of "And"
Sixth International Carers Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden
5 September 2015

This year the NDIA Independent Advisory Council (IAC) set up an Intellectual Disability Reference Group to advise the Council on the effectiveness of the Scheme design and how we engage and connect better with people with intellectual disability to enable them to live a good life.

NDIA will be undertaking a review of the current Shared Support Accommodation (SSA) model and review and explore other support accommodation models.

More than 17,000 people are now benefitting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to the most recent quarterly report on the Scheme’s progress. Every three months the NDIA provides a report on the progress of the Scheme’s roll out to the Council of Australian Government’s Disability Reform Council. The report for the June quarter of 2015 (Year 2, Quarter 4) is now available.

On 13 August we made some style and functionality upgrades to the NDIS website to make it more user-friendly.

On 1 August 2015, the Agency introduced a new plan format, which clearly outlines the outcomes a participant wishes to achieve and links funding for supports to these outcomes.

We are making three changes to help providers work with the NDIS and make it easier for providers and participants to work together. These will come in to effect from 1 August 2015.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme invited participants to speak about their experience as part of an innovative Citizens’ Jury held in Sydney this year.

Published several factsheets in Easy English text only versions:

Publish materials to support the new release of Siebel

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What's new on the NDIS website in the week ending 15/2/15:

What's new on our website in the week ending 8/2/15:

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council final report for the project: ‘Provision of Services in Relation to Assisting Indigenous Australians in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands to Benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)’ project.