A number of free videos and articles are being made available to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The national rollout of the NDIS will take place in stages from July and will eventually grow to support hundreds of thousands of Australian children. Julie Green from the Raising Children Network says their website has a range of free resources so parents can find out what the Scheme will mean for them.
Numerous reviews and law reform agencies have recommended reforms to unfitness to plead laws. But changes have been laboured, when they’ve occurred at all. A new research project at the University of Melbourne is investigating support systems that may help prevent disability-based disadvantage and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Dr Piers Gooding is a part of this project, and spoke about what he’s doing.
The state government has announced an early release of the NDIS in far north Queensland, where it will be accessible for young people with a disability in Townsville and Charters Towers, and people under 65 on Palm Island. Paige Armstrong, a spokesperson for the Queenslanders with Disability Network, says it is a significant move which has the full support of the QDN.