Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

ndis is working fine if you don't need it...


Sonya Ludlow is a strong woman. When you're bringing up seven children, resilience and thick skin are almost compulsory.

But the Adelaide mother was left feeling "absolutely awful" after a review of her seven-year-old son Samuel's funding National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan.

"[The NDIS representative] more or less said, 'by my sixth child I should know how to be a parent and how to look after my children'," Mrs Ludlow said.

All but one of her children sit on the autism spectrum.

The nine-month review was sparked after Sam's funding package was thousands of dollars less than expected.

The Ludlows maintained fortnightly speech therapy and occupational therapy sessions, assured the review would be wrapped up quickly.

But by December last year, Sam's funding cut out, and, unable to afford $150 sessions, the family was forced to withdraw him from the treatment. He only returned last week.


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And this is only one of thousands of unhappy "customers" as government like to see us these days, instead of being citizens...

I may be too harsh on the minister for hoops but...

Latest Media Releases15 May 2018Improving access to printed products for people with disability

Australians with vision impairment, a physical disability or learning disability will be able to live independently, participate in education, and gain employment through a program that makes things easier to read.

15 May 2018National Disability Insurance Agency opens doors in Chermside

People living with disability in Brisbane and south east Queensland will be able to access information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) more easily following the opening of a new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) office in Chermside.

the hoops, the torture and the stress of trumble's NDIS...

Mother-of-two Suzie Robertson says she feels blackmailed and pressured by the National Disability Insurance Scheme review process.

Her son's claim has been under review for 15 months and she said the experience had been "momentous, stressful".

"The wheels began to fall off" when she was told she would only receive funding for one of her son's disabilities.

Ms Robertson said her son was worse off under the NDIS because he was unable access services he had previously been able to.

The NSW resident said she felt bullied by the process. 

"When we were speaking to the planner he was using language like 'You want a Mercedes Benz plan but your child is only eligible for a Mini Minor plan'," she said.

"I was really shocked that was said to us.

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Are the NDIS planner on bonuses for refusing public service? Are they "incompetent" in detecting needs? who knows...

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no woman is safe...

Queensland MP who spoke out against the dumping of Jane Prentice has been summoned to appear before the LNP’s candidate review committee in a move described by supporters as “politically stupid payback”.

Michelle Landry is one of a group of MPs, including Trevor Evans, Warren Entsch and reportedly, George Christensen, who have been called before the review committee. All four have contradicted party lines, three on social issues, and one against the leadership.

Landry, who has represented Capricornia since 2013, openly criticised the decision to dump Prentice, one of the only women in the Turnbull ministry, and replace her with a male candidate in the safe-Liberal seat of Ryan.


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purpose: need denied.

Josh Grey’s seizures pay no heed to time or place. They strike as he crosses the road. While he’s in the shower, or on the toilet. In the bus or his parents’ cars. 

Sometimes he falls rock-solid, stiff as a board, and smashes his head on the floor. 

His father, David Grey, has had to haul him from the bottom of his now-sealed backyard pool at his home in Hawthorn. 


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Read from top. The purpose of the Liberal (CONservative) modified NDIS is to provide employment to people — possibly "previously unemployable" psychopaths — specially trained to be blind to the need of those in need. It's a win-win for the government: save money by not paying out cash where it should and boost the employed numbers of expert "blind" people who will vote for Hitler at the next election, while appearing to employ disabled (psychos)...


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a safety net and not a hammock ...

down, going down...

The Australian Council of Social Services (Acoss) says the policies are driving people with a limited capacity to work either into poverty or on to the poverty-level Newstart. Single recipients of the DSP get about $$826 per fortnight. The single rate for Newstart is about $545.80. 

The Acoss executive, Cassandra Goldie, said one in four people on Newstart now had only a partial capacity to work.

“These policies increase rates of poverty in Australia,” Goldie said. “Being forced to live on Newstart is obviously devastating for people who are living with a disability, often acquired in the workplace, and who are struggling to find a job.

“We must urgently increase the rate of unemployment payment by at least $75 per week so that it does not leave people destitute.

“We must ensure people who need the DSP receive it. And we must do better in employing people with a disability.”

The payment is one of the larger components of the social security budget. It accounted for about 10.6% of social security spending in 2016-17. The policies were aimed at curtailing the expenditure by restricting the number of new recipients coming onto the scheme.


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this is really shit...

A man living with a disability who featured in ads across the country for the National Disability Insurance Scheme when it launched has had his own NDIS application rejected.

Jeremy Hawkes, 46, from Goonellabah in northern New South Wales, lives with Parkinsonism and chronic pain from a work-related spinal injury. In 2013, he was cast in a nationwide NDIS ad campaign.

Mr Hawkes said when he received a letter this year informing him that his application was rejected, he was devastated. 

"I was quite shocked, really quite shocked," he said.

"Everyone I'd spoken to assured me I'd have no issue, and I'd sent them such detailed medical reports — like 11 years of medical records describing my various issues."


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NDIA only cares about NDIS cash...

The difficulties arose after an accident six years ago in which Sharp, who could not speak to communicate her pain, suffered third-degree burns while being showered by a paid carer. 

She sought compensation from the care provider through the NSW supreme court, claiming the burns had caused new and lasting injuries along with significant psychological trauma, which required additional care. The compensation was to cover the additional care being provided by her family for free, including parental supervision during daily showers.

The parties agreed to settle in March, but the process was complicated by the NDIA’s insistence Sharp must use the compensation to pay back more than $100,000 of her NDIS funding. 

“It’s been really bad. I’ve been stressed out ... not sleeping. I just can’t believe this is happening,” Tegan’s mother, Narelle, told Guardian Australia. 

“I can understand if Tegan was hit by a bus and was entitled to compensation that way, but the thing that frustrates us is that she was always going to get NDIS, if she had the burns or not.”

The case prompted a scathing criticism from NSW supreme court justice Julia Lonergan, who found the NDIA had “no proper basis to claim any payback at all in the circumstances of this case”. 

“On any analysis, gratuitous care provided by the parents and family of Tegan in the past and future would fit the description of ‘general supports’ that are specifically excluded from funding by NDIS, and this should be excluded from payback,” Lonergan said. 

When asked to explain why they were requesting the money be paid back, the NDIA either did not respond or failed to address the points raised before the court. 

The NSW supreme court subpoenaed the NDIA, but the agency failed to produce documents or show up to court.

“It seems to me on one analysis, this could be considered to be contempt of this court’s process on the part of the NDIA,” Lonergan found. 

“I find it difficult to understand why an organisation constructed to assist in the funding and empowerment of people with disabilities to function in society, fails to respond to court process or to address proper, carefully considered correspondence from legal advisors to such persons.”

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Read from top. Under the Liberal (CONservative) regime, NDIS has more lawyers than carers...

he can't open his front door...

Mark Moodie is on the dole because he can not open his front door.

Key points:
  • Mark Moodie became a quadriplegic in 2013 after falling from a motorbike in his son's backyard
  • He is trying to secure a new wheelchair, an automated door and bathroom upgrades from the NDIA
  • He estimates they would cost $73,000 and allow him to re-join the workforce


The 51-year-old quadriplegic has been rendered a prisoner inside his fourth-floor Darwin city apartment by a round, metallic doorhandle that is impossible for him to twist.

Yet the National Disability Insurance Agency has rejected his application to swap it for an automated alternative. 

Not only did that deny him a chance at some rare independence, but it poses a serious safety threat.

"If we did have a fire, I'm buggered," Mr Moodie said.

But his main frustration is that until he can leave his house, he can't get a job — a goal he has been striving towards for years and which would eventually reduce his reliance on the government agency. 

"I've still got a functioning brain. I can still get work. But I can't get out of my house to do it," he said.

"I hate being on the dole. And there's no reason why I should be.


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simply save the planet: don't vote for scott morrison and his intellectually deficient coal burning troop of liars...



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the libs made sure it did not work...

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which supports some of the nation's most vulnerable people, is plagued with serious delays and is frustratingly difficult to understand, according to a review.

key points:
  • A recommendation of the report was to extend the life of funding support for recipients from two to three years if their needs are "stable"
  • People with disability reported poor experiences when working with NDIA staff
  • Other recommendations include calls for more flexibility for how NDIS funds are used by recipients and measures to make funding plans easier to understand


The NDIS was heralded as a landmark program for Australians with a disability when it was established in 2013, but it has long been criticised as being bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy.

After the election in May 2019, the Federal Government commissioned former senior public servant David Tune to review the NDIS and the way it is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). 

His report has now been released publicly and includes 29 recommendations on how to improve the program — including extending the life of funding support for recipients from two to three years if their needs are "stable".

"People with disability have reported frustrations about the administration of the NDIS by the NDIA," the report stated.

"Transparency, consistency and timeliness in decision-making are critical issues and people with disability have reported poor experiences when working with NDIA staff.


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