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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e-Blast: New Targeted Outreach Project Local Champions video launched

QDN is delighted to launch videos from two of our Targeted Outreach Project Local Champions and QDN members, Matt and Michael. In the videos, Matt and Michael share their own experiences of being on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how they are using their roles as Local Champions to help others in their community join the scheme.

The Local Champions are working closely with the Targeted Outreach Project team and the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors’ Assessment and Referral Teams (ART) to help people with disability to apply for the NDIS and access the supports they need. ART has been made available through a collaboration with the Commonwealth Government.

Click here to go the videos.

e-Blast: COVID Conversations: Free webinars for Queenslanders with disability and their supporters

COVID-19 has meant lots of changes and it’s important that everyone can get the information they need about what we can do to be prepared, slow the spread of COVID-19 and get essential services and support.

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), are holding a series of free webinars for people with disability and their supporters. We have organised a range of speakers including people with disability, families and carers, colleagues from Victoria, Queensland Department of Health, Queensland Department Communities, Disability Services and Seniors,  Australian Human Rights Commission,  NDIA, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and Every Australian Counts.

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