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inform issue 29 - Summer 2019

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20 News NDIS Participant Employment Strategy The Government has announced the first ever NDIS Participant Employment Strategy. The strategy, which will operate around the country, will focus on empowering NDIS participants to succeed in the workplace. ‘This strategy is all about giving more people with disability, who have the desire and capacity to work, better access to the right supports to achieve their employment goals while breaking down barriers that they face trying to get a job,’ Minister for the NDIS, Mr Stuart Robert said. Currently 24% of NDIS participants are employed. The government wants that figure to be at 30% by 2023. Minister Roberts said that that increase was part of the governments short term goals for the strategy but that part of the long-term focus is the barriers faced by people with disability in the workforce, including employers. ‘We've got a short-term goal, over the next three and a half years, but we've got a long-term focus on how do we get employers in this country to recognize the value of Australians with a disability.’ SU M MER EDITIO N Victorian carers access new discounts Changes to the Victorian Carer Card mean that cardholders can now access the same discounts available to Seniors Card holders. The Carer Card is available to primary carers who will now enjoy discounts from more the 4000 businesses, including restaurants, financial services and recreation activities like Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Aquarium. For more information on what discounts are available visit

News 21 South Australia prioritises inclusion The South Australian government has taken a big step forward towards making their state more accessible and inclusive for people with disability by launching the State Disability Inclusion Plan. Called Inclusive SA, the plan outlines four key areas for action: inclusive communities, leadership and collaboration, accessible communities, learning and employment. “We are committed to ensuring all South Australians with disability can live the lives they choose, with fair and equal access to supports, services and places, like any other South Australian,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said. “One in five people in South Australia report living with disability. I want us to be proud of how we include people with disability in South Australia.” Community consultation was a significant part of the development of the plan, with more than 1000 ideas contributed by the community, and will continue to be an important part of the Plan in the future, ensuring that the actions in the plan remain relevant to the community. The plan can be read online at Plan for last 20% The Government has released their plan for the final stage of the NDIS. Announced by NDIS Minister Stuart Robert at the National Press Club, the plan has six key focuses. Those six include improved planning processes and easier plan reviews, including participants having an opportunity to see a draft of their plan, and improvements in the approval process for assistive technology and home modifications. In addition, there will be increased engagement and collaboration, with new community connectors for the CALD and Indigenous communities and support for aging carers. More equitable and consistent decisions will also be a focus, include budget flexibility for NDIS participants and the continuations of an independent assessment pilot. The improvements and changes are expected to happen alongside better internal processes for the NDIS including a Workforce Strategy, a pledge to ensure the NDIS is financially sustainable and a commitment to improve long term outcomes for participants. Minister Robert said the plan was about ensuring the longterm success of the NDIS. Reinforce and OPA join forces Reinforce and the Office of the Public Advocate have joined forces to produce two brochures that promote supported decision making and the importance of communication in the health sector. The first of the brochures is aimed at health practitioners and stresses the need to avoid jargon, or to explain it. The second brochure helps patients and consumers to understand what their rights are to provide them with the tools to explain those right to health services and practitioners. Reinforce is an advocacy organisation run by and for people with intellectual disability. For more information about Reinforce, visit