The Government has announced a Productivity Commission review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme costs consistent with the Heads of Agreements with the states and territories and the Commonwealth.
The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be expanded from 1 January 2017 to ensure it has the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three year expansion to 2019-20.
The Turnbull Coalition will deliver $117.2 million to support front-line services addressing homelessness.
Australia and New Zealand have signed a revised social security agreement reflecting 14 years of changes to each country’s social welfare systems.
Innovative ideas that help move people from welfare to work will be funded by the Turnbull Government, with the opening of the $96 million Try, Test and Learn Fund on Friday.
The Australian Government is today announcing a commitment of over $3 million to support children, young people and their families affected by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (the Royal Commission).
About one million welfare recipients will benefit from an increase to their payments from 1 January 2017. Minister for Social services, Christian Porter, said the increase reflected the one per cent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12 months to June 2016. "People receiving Austudy, Youth Allowance, Carer Allowance and younger people on the Disability Support Pension will receive the increase in their payments from January," the Minister said.
Hundreds of jobs and $120 million of investment will be generated with the development of the new head office for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in Geelong.
The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments today agreed to commence the final negotiations, on a no prejudice basis, on a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Improving the lives of people with disability is the focus of the Second Implementation Plan, Driving Action 2015-2018, released today under the National Disability Strategy.