Accessing the Support you Need – Teleconferences

Over the coming weeks, Blind Citizens Australia will be running a series of 2-hour teleconferences, titled Accessing the Support You Need. These teleconferences will provide information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care and will cover topics such as:

  • Eligibility and accessing the programme
  • Preparing for and participating in your planning meetings / assessments
  • Supports and services available to you under the programme
  • Accessing assistive technology
  • What you can do if your needs are not being met
  • Complaints and Feedback

Teleconferences will be held at the following times:

National Disability Insurance Scheme
20th June, 1:00pm – 3:00pm AEST
23rd June, 10:00am – 12:00pm AEST
26th June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm AEST

My Aged Care
4th July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm AEST
10th July, 7:30pm – 9:30pm AEST
22nd July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm AEST

If you would like to participate in one of these, please contact Sally Aurisch – Project Officer on sally.aurisch@bca.org.au or 1800 033 660 with the details of the session you are interested in. You will then be provided with the required dial in details for your chosen teleconference.

Blind Citizens Australia’s summary of the 2018-19 federal budget

The 2018-19 federal budget was released on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Blind Citizens Australia has long advocated for budget measures that support people who are blind or vision impaired and as such, the following areas may be of relevance: Read more.

Getting what you need in the new world of disability care and support. Victorian Workshops now open for registrations.

Throughout April, May and June, Blind Citizens Australia will be hosting several workshops across Victoria to provide more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care. Find out more about the benefits of these workshops and how you can register.

Submission on the Review of the NDIS ACT

The Australian Government commissioned an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) (NDIS Act), as required under Section 208 of the NDIS Act. In accordance with this legislative requirement, Disability Ministers had agreed that Ernst & Young (EY) conduct the review.
The purpose of the review is to assess the operation of the legislative framework (comprising the NDIS Act and the NDIS Rules) and develop recommendations as to whether any improvements can be made to better support the objectives and principles of the NDIS Act.

The Blind Citizens Australia submission to the then released discussion paper can be found here: BCA NDIS ACT Review October 2015 (Word doc)

NDIS Update

The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is steadily progressing, with a number of people who are blind or vision impaired now receiving individualized support through the scheme.

There has been growing concern within the disability sector since the government’s adoption of a new term to refer to the sites where the NDIS was first launched in July last year. While these were initially referred to as “launch sites”, people felt that the new term, “trial sites” reflected the government’s lack of commitment towards an ongoing NDIS and was a sign of the scheme’s impending demise.

The Council of Australian Governments has, however, advised that the name change simply reflects the fact that the launch areas are being used to trial the way in which the scheme is administered and to learn lessons about how the system can be improved prior to commencement of the full national roll out.

Visit our NDIS page for the full update and more information on the NDIS.