Posts By: Andrew Gibson

Opinion 29 May 2017
Exciting and challenging times…

Over the past 2 ½ years I have spoken with thousands of people with disability, their families and carers, advocates and support workers sharing information, knowledge and experience about all things NDIS. These discussions have highlighted issues, anxieties, problems and frustrations but also options, possibilities, developments and opportunities for the future. I have loved my role as Community Educator for the Every Australian Counts campaign; it is something I feel very proud and privileged to have been a part of and these are exciting and challenging times.

In The Media 26 May 2017
The NDIS Has Teething Problems That Must Be Addressed

Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

In The Media 26 May 2017
Disability Sector Warns of NDIS Staffing Turmoil

The disability sector has warned that a high turnover of senior executives managing the National Disability Insurance Scheme could have serious consequences for the scheme’s viability.

In The Media 26 May 2017
People with disabilities need more NDIS staff and ‘not just a 1800 number’, Labor says

People with disabilities are struggling to get answers from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Labor says, as it urges the Government to boost funding for the agency overseeing its troubled rollout.

In The Media 16 May 2017
Disability groups tell Bill Shorten the Medicare levy increase is fair

Disability groups have urged Opposition Leader Bill Shorten not to play politics with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), describing an increase to the Medicare levy as a fair way to secure its future.

In The Media 11 May 2017
Budget 2017: Political divide muddies Scott Morrison’s ‘big heart’ solution to NDIS

Scott Morrison’s plan to utilise Australia’s “big hearts” to fund the NDIS is under threat, with both Labor and the Greens raising concerns over the funding plan.

The Treasurer said it was time to put politics aside and ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme was fully funded.

In The Media 11 May 2017
Disability and Budget 2017 – What’s Missing?

The federal budget makes some welcome funding inclusions affecting people with disability but what’s missing is education reform for students with disability, writes advocate Stephanie Gotlib.

In The Media 11 May 2017
‘I’m not saying no to Gary’: Treasurer reveals personal struggle behind NDIS budget decision

Scott Morrison has delivered one of the least conventional, and most effective, post budget sales pitches in memory – and ratcheted up the pressure on Bill Shorten in the process.

In The Media 11 May 2017
Medicare levy hike to fund NDIS

Taxpayers will split the bill for the national disability insurance scheme through a 0.5 per cent hike to the Medicare levy.

In The Media 11 May 2017
Budget is a Big Win for Mental Health

Mental health has become a priority in the federal government’s health agenda with advocacy bodies across the country welcoming the announcement with a sigh of relief.