National Disability Insurance Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have finalised a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) full-scheme agreement to take effect from 1 July 2019.

This is a deal that provides certainty for Victorian NDIS participants, providers and workers. From 2019–20, Victoria will contribute $2.51 billion to the NDIS and the Commonwealth will pay the balance of all scheme costs for Victorian participants.

Announcement from Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, June 24, 2019

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NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission was launched in Victoria on 1st July 2019. Information about the Commission is on their website www.ndiscommission.gov.au.

To access the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework click here. 

The framework is designed to ensure high quality supports and safe environments for NDIS participants.

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Vic State Disability Plan

Vic State Disability Plan

AFSA Response and Comments on Victorian State Disability Plan 2017-2020 Discussion Paper

“People with ASD have the same rights to social inclusion and benefits as all other citizens, but, unfortunately, they remain some of the most vulnerable in our community.  As adults, they have the right to live independent and full lives of their own choosing, with the appropriate supports.  It is time to eliminate the attitude that it is the responsibility of the parents of the person with ASD to remain their carer for life.”

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AFSA Forum 2019

AFSA Forum 2019

AFSA Forum, 2 May 2019

2019 “The NDIS, Autism and Families”.  More than 50 family members heard about the NDIS journeys of three guest speakers as well as the opportunity to speak with NDIA staff. 

JW – “I really like the forums held by AFSA.  It provides us with a lot of useful information and lets me feel more supported and strengthened.” 

CV “Thank you – I came away with new knowledge and new friends.”

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AFSA AGM 2018

AFSA AGM 2018

AFSA AGM 2018

Well done to the AFSA members and friends who braved an exceptionally cold Sunday to attend our AGM.  Following presentation of our Annual Report (you can download a copyhere) we were pleased to welcome our Guest Speaker, Stephanie Gotlib.

Stephanie has worked in the disability sector for 25 years, has experienced disability as a sibling and a parent and is the CEO of Children and Young People with Disability

Stephanie spoke of her role with the CYDA and the ever changing role of autism families in the 2018 disability environment.  Stephanie gave a wide ranging address on a variety of current topics and issues in the disability arena.  Some of the key messages she noted were:

  • that the NDIS is only one small part of the broader reform of the disability environment involving the move towards a social model of disability, based on the International Convention on the rights for people with a disability.
  • the importance of the National Disability Strategy which is setting the reform agenda at federal, state and local government levels.  The essence of the Strategy is addressing the challenge of changing community attitudes to autism and disability in the context of the existing culture of disability – such as the charity model, deficit based language, pity poor me attitudes and the burden of carers.

The 2018-19 AFSA Committee was formed, with all current committee members renominating.  There are three vacant committee positions and AFSA members are encouraged to consider joining our committee and assisting with the work of the organisation – for details contact the President or Secretary.

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AFSA Parent Carer Forum

AFSA Parent Carer Forum

AFSA Parent/Carer Forum 2018

TUESDAY 29th MAYAutism Q&A presented by AFSA – Taking Care of Carers – an opportunity for parents and carers to ask an expert panel questions relating to the issues and situations they face parenting their family member with autism.

Borrowing from the ABC Q&A format, AFSA assembled a panel of clinicians with expertise in ASD who addressed YOUR questions. It was an excellent day attended by 45 family members and interested persons. Summary notes about the questions asked and panel responses will be posted to our website on this page shortly as will some photos of the day in our AFSA Gallery.

AFSA would like to sincerely thank our wonderful moderator and panel members for their generous support of our Q&A Forum. Thanks especially to the parents/carers who contributed a range of personal and challenging questions which gave significant insight into the stresses and difficulties caring for a family member or members with autism.

Feedback from panel and audience members indicated strong support for this type of session and we will look to holding more sessions in this format in the future. NB Panel members can be contacted via their company/organisation websites – links below.

PANEL MEMBERS:

** Some extra information about BCBA’s – the Victorian Department of Education implemented a BCBA pilot project in 2018 – whilst all places in the pilot have been filled, this page on the department website has quite a bit of information that maybe useful.

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