Mobile phone being held

An initiative of Housing Victoria and available to public housing tenants aged 75 years and over who live by themselves, Keeping in Touch is a free and confidential telephone service available in Victoria. A once a week phone call is made to registered tenants to check if they are okay.

6 very large in orange, text says new things about the NDIS

As of 1 July, there have been some significant changes to the NDIS, including the new Price Guide and Support Catalogue, a new Assistive Technology and Consumables Code guide, new operational guidelines for Supported Independent Living, Specialist Disability Accommodation and Medium Term Accommodation, the end of the 10 per cent COVID loading and the expansion of the National Community Connector Program.

A young child having a saliva test done

There is research being done on the valid use of saliva as a diagnostic measure for SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19. This follows on from an increased reluctance by people to have the nasal and throat swab done.

Inquiry, with NDIS Commission Logo, Magnifying glass, dog, woman in wheelchair

An inquiry will be held into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, looking closely at how it operates.

Retro image of a tv screen with striped colours and sound coming out

More reasons to tune in to the TV with both SBS and the ABC rolling out audio description services. Advocates have fought long and hard to bring access and inclusion for people who are blind or have low vision to broadcast television for decades. 

Baby with arms behind their head, sleeoing. They have Down Syndrome. Words say the NDIS gets more flexible.

The NDIS has made some changes to the rules about how people can spend their budgets. The aim is to make it easier for people to meet their goals.

Indigenous dot painting called Respectful Listening by Wiradjuri Elder Paul Calcott

We know 1 in 5 Australians has a disability, roughly 20% of all Australians, but when we focus on First Nations people with disability… it’s more like 1 in 2, with 45% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability or long-term health condition according to the First Peoples Disability Network.  

Australian currency including notes and coins

The Australian Government has promised to repay 470.000 people it unlawfully collected debts from between 2016 and 2019. Service Australia will refund $ 721 million from July.

woman with purple hair bound by an orange rope.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability (Disability Royal Commission) has released several Issue papers in recent months.