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The Federal Government has withheld the release of an independent report recommending plans for a new Civil Society National Centre for Excellence despite receiving final recommendations on a preferred model months ago.
Governments in News South Wales and Victoria have been urged to continue funding disability services in their regions in tandem with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
A two day forum exploring payment-by-outcome projects, focusing on the social causes of re-offending in Queensland, delivered some challenging but innovative approaches to addressing them, writes Sandy Blackburn-Wright, Managing Director of Social Outcomes.
Celia Hodson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia reviews the out-takes of a recent panel discussion outlining the key challenges faced during the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The peak body for aid and humanitarian agencies, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID),has condemned what it calls the deep cuts to Australia’s aid budget announced by the Treasurer in his mid year economic and fiscal outlook.
A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council has committed to a full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and says it is considering various approaches towards transition plans.
An Abbott Government plan to get doctors to assess people’s eligibility for the Disability Support Pension has been slammed by disability advocates.
Employment experts and Not for Profits have claimed that creating a specialist approach for young people with complex needs is required to tackle Australia’s unemployment.
The supporters of Every Australian Counts campaign have sent over 1000 emails calling on the State and Federal Disability Ministers to clarify when the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be rolled out.
The Federal Government has reappointed vocal indigenous advocate Mick Gooda as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
Welfare peak body ACOSS has warned that the Federal Government's revised GP co-payment proposal creates an ongoing risk to people on low incomes who may be discouraged from seeking timely health advice.
The final report of the the Financial Systems Inquiry has advised the Federal Government to explore and develop impact investment as an innovative way of potentially funding social service delivery in Australia.
The Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance (YPINH) has welcomed the announcement of a new Senate inquiry into the adequacy of residential care for young people with disability, including young people living in aged care facilities.
A survey of Australia’s community service workers has found that 80 per cent of frontline agencies are unable to meet current levels of demand with the resources they have.
The Abbott Government has rushed to reintroduce legislation to abolish the national charity regulator on the final days of Federal Parliament, coinciding with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s second anniversary.
As the Australian charity regulator celebrates its second birthday and Federal Parliament again debates its future, ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe says a climate of uncertainty has become the new normal.
An all-party Senate Committee Report table in the final days of Federal Parliament has warned that inequality and poverty will worsen in Australia under the Abbott Government’s current Budget plans.
Victoria’s newly elected Labor Government says it will move quickly to undertake a thorough Parliamentary Inquiry into the systemic failures in Victoria’s disability care system.
Amid growing speculation of further foreign aid cuts, Australia’s aid agency peak body and Not for Profits working in the field have warned of potentially devastating consequences for current relief efforts, describing further cuts as ‘unthinkable’.
The Senate has voted to force the Abbott Government to table two interim reports of its long-awaited mental health review.
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