e-Blast: Update on “Independent Assessments” 

This week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released new information on the federal government’s plan to introduce “Independent Assessments” as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) access and planning process. A public consultation process is now open 

Major news out of the new information is the delaying of the introduction of “Independent Assessments”. The Independent Assessment process will now start in mid-2021 for people applying for access to the scheme and late-2021 for existing NDIS participants. 

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e-Blast: Central Station upgrades – lifts closed from 30 November 2020.

From 30 November 2020, the lifts to platforms 1/2 and 3/4 at Central station will be closed for approximately four months for major works. 

QDN recognises that the temporary closure of these lifts will have an impact on many of our members. Queensland Rail has provided information about the measures that are in place to assist customers who require the lifts for accessibility.  

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e-Blast: New Easy Read Residential Tenancy Information Sheets

In April 2020, the Queensland Government made temporary changes to the residential tenancy laws to protect Queenslanders affected by COVID-19. The illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Some of these changes ended on 29 September 2020. There are still some temporary rules in place until 31 December 2020.

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e-Blast: QDN summary of plan for NDIS “Independent Assessments”

In September 2020, the Federal Minister for the NDIS, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, announced plans to introduce “independent assessments”. We received feedback from members who said they are confused, frustrated, and worried about having assessments and what this will mean for their NDIS plans, their lives and more broadly the NDIS.

We have provided a summary of the information provided by the NDIA with key links to information released.

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e-Blast: The Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to review Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010.

The Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is reviewing the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010. The Premises Standards’ purpose is to ensure:

  • people living with a disability and their family members, carers and friends have equal access to buildings
  • building certifiers, developers and managers fulfil their responsibilities to people with disabilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

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e-Blast: Tenants Queensland COVID-19 Tenant/Resident Support and Analysis Project.

  • Are you a tenant or resident with disability, and have a renting problem that has been caused by COVID-19?
  • Have you stopped working or been working less because of COVID-19? 
  • Are you struggling to pay the rent? 
  • Do you owe rent?

Tenants Queensland is an organisation that helps people with renting problems.

Tenants Queensland has received funding from the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works to deliver the COVID-19 Tenant/Resident Support and Analysis Project.

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e-Blast: Disability Royal Commission extended to 2023 and Interim Report released

Here are the findings so far.

The Disability Royal Commission has released their interim and summary report on 30 October. The report tables the process so far, key themes and future leads for inquiry into the violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability in Australia.

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Make Disability Count 2020 State Election Virtual Forum: Priority Policy Areas

An inclusive Queensland is important for all Queenslanders.

Eight state-wide organisations are hosts of this forum to make sure disability counts in Queensland at this 2020 state election. These organisations include Queenslanders with Disability Network, ADA Australia hosting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland, National Disability Services, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Community Services Industry Alliance, Queensland Advocacy Inc., Health Consumers Queensland and the Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education.

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Last chance to register for the Make Disability Count: 2020 State Election Virtual Forum

Just a friendly reminder to make sure you have registered for the Make Disability Count Election Forum event on Thursday 8 October.

Registrations will close at 5:00pm Wednesday 7 October so register now through the Eventbrite registration here.

You don’t miss out of this fantastic free event.

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