Media Releases

Appointment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality & Safeguards Commissioner

Minister for the NDIS Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today welcomed the appointment of Ms Tracy Mackey as the new NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner.

Life changing opportunities for multicultural Australians in the care and support sector

Multicultural Australians are being encouraged to consider a career in care and support, including disability, aged care and veterans’ support.

Alignment of regulations across care and support sectors

Work to align regulation across the aged care, disability and veterans’ care sectors will significantly improve quality and safety for participants and consumers.

$1.27M to improve disability support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across Australia are receiving a total of $1.27 million in grants to improve the delivery of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support services.

More than $10 million in provider non-compliance redirected back to NDIS participants plans

More than $10 million of incorrect or non-compliant payments from National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers has been identified since July.

Increased COVID-19 support for NDIS workers in South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania

Eligible NDIS providers in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania will be able to claim a one-off payment from the NDIA for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Legislation improving the NDIS for participants

This week the Morrison Government introduced legislation to improve the experiences of participants, their families and carers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Legislation to better protect NDIS participants from risk of harm passes Parliament

Today the Morrison Government passed legislation to better protect National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants from the risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Increased COVID support for NDIS workers in the ACT and WA

Eligible NDIS providers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Western Australia (WA) will join those in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Victoria in being able to claim a one-off payment from the NDIA for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Increased COVID support for NDIS workers in NSW and NT

Eligible NDIS providers in New South Wales and the Northern Territory will join those in Victoria in being able to claim a one-off payment from the NDIA for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination rates among NDIS participants continues to increase nationally

Almost 75 per cent of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants in shared residential accommodation are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with numbers for participants and support workers rising quickly since June.

Increased COVID support for NDIS workers in Victoria

Eligible NDIS providers in Victoria will be able to claim a one-off payment from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to cover costs for support workers to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Boosting care sector jobs for Indigenous Australians

The Morrison Government has launched A Life Changing Life, a new campaign to encourage Indigenous Australians to start a career in the care and support sector.

NDIA and Pharmacy Guild work together to boost NDIS vaccination rates

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and The Pharmacy Guild Australia have joined forces to make it easier for NDIS participants to book and access COVID-19 vaccinations through local pharmacies.

Release of draft Disability Royal Commission Report on disability vaccine rollout

The Government acknowledges the publication of the draft Commissioners’ Report on Public Hearing 12 – the experiences of people with disability, in the context of the Australian Government’s approach to the COVID 19 vaccine rollout.

Morrison Government cracks down on NDIS fraud

The Morrison Government’s strong commitment to protecting Australians living with a disability has been underlined, with the arrest of man for allegedly defrauding the NDIS of more than $120,000.

WA Senator addresses UN Committee

WA Senator Linda Reynolds has addressed the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlighting the risks of unwittingly encouraging child slavery and trafficking through volunteering in for profit orphanages and foreign funding.

Participants voice is central to building a better Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants will have greater opportunities to have their say in building a better scheme, through the new Participant Engagement Panel (PEP).

Additional vaccination support available for NDIS participants

The expansion of the national vaccination rollout, as well as tailored support measures, are providing more options for people with disability.

NDIS participants in lockdown areas to gain greater flexibility for meal preparation and shopping supports

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has introduced a temporary measure to further support participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, with those in lockdown areas no longer needing to use their support funding to pay someone to cook and shop for them.