virus spreading across world map

There is a new or "novel" coronavirus (now referred to as Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19) originating from Wuhan, Hubei Province in China with at least 5800 cases confirmed in Australia with 45 deaths so far. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the spread of Coronavirus disease a pandemic.

young girl and woman using sign language to communicate

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has fundamentally altered how people with disability receive services and supports in Australia. The impact of this new service delivery model has been felt in full by people with disability as well as the support workers and service providers who serve them.

medical drip with patient in background

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability resumes this week with a public hearing on health care, investigating access to and treatment of people with a cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injury, in the health system.

Mobile Bushfire Survival Plan sign inundated by floodwater

Floodwaters have inundated many parts of New South Wales and Queensland with torrential rain, with 391.6mm falling in Sydney. Many regions now affected by flash flooding and storm damage have been battling bushfire emergencies for months. 

Young woman in a wheelchair getting in a car

More flexibility and choice for participants with transport funding were announced by the Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Stuart Robert. From 1 March 2020, NDIS participants will be able to flexibly use their plan’s core support funding to claim service provider costs for transport to and from NDIS funded community-based activities.