Disability Royal Commission Community Forums Announced for February in Logan and Ipswich

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, the Disability Royal Commission announced it will be holding two community forums in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the Royal Commission to update the community about their work, and for people with disability to share their stories in an informal environment.

While we acknowledge that the Royal Commission’s announcement of these forums has come at short notice, QDN encourages members to attend if possible, to ensure Queenslanders with disability’s voices are heard.

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e-Blast: What you need to know about the NDIS Tune Review report

The report by David Tune on the Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act has been provided to Hon Stuart Roberts MP, Minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme and released to the public on 20 January 2020. You can read the report here. The report makes 29 recommendations to the Commonwealth Government on changes to the NDIS Act and overall scheme.

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e-Blast:  New NDIS Option for Assistive Technology Support Under $5000

From October 2019, a new option for the funding and supply of nominated Assistive Technology (AT) supports between $1,500 to $5,000 was introduced. This funding option is limited to nine new general AT support items and will only be funded if items are deemed to be reasonable and necessary within a participants NDIS plan.

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e-Blast Member Update:  Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the NDIS: NDIS Planning Interim Report

On 3 December 2019 the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS released its Interim Report on NDIS Planning (the Report) in which they made it clear that many of the issues they were hearing were not new. The Committee stated that urgent action is required to improve the planning process to ensure that NDIS participants are fully supported to achieve their goals.

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Call to action: QDN Local Support Group Convenors call for your support of the tenancy reforms  

QDN’s state-wide Peer Group Convenors met this week to discuss in detail Queensland’s proposed rental tenancy reforms. Convenors agree the reforms are the most significant thing to happen in rental housing in the last 20 plus years and commend the Government on their direction.  QDN has 20 peer support groups across the state with up to 1,000 members and supporters.

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