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Current News and Inquiries


This page contains recent updates on issues relevant to children and young people with disability. Further information and articles are available on CYDA’s social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY (NCCD)
The NCCD is collected by schools and records information about students with disability. The NCCD will assist with informing the final funding loading for students with disability. An interim loading is currently in place, although it was initially stated by the Australian Government that the final loading would be implemented at the commencement of the 2015 school year. 

In December 2016, the report containing the 2015 NCCD results was released. The report identified 18 per cent of all Australian school students (674 323 students) as receiving an educational adjustment due to disability. However, it also noted that the quality of data can be improved and results must be considered with this in mind. The report is available here.

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME QUALITY AND SAFEGUARDING FRAMEWORK
This national Framework seeks to ensure services provided through the NDIS are of high quality and participants accessing the Scheme are safe. Further information.

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME BOARD
New appointments to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board were announced late last year. CYDA congratulates Dr Helen Nugent AO (Chair), Ms Sandra Birkensleigh, Ms Robyn Kruk AM, Mr John Langoulant AO, Mr Jim Minto, Mr Paul O’Sullivan, Ms Estelle Pearson and Ms Andrea Staines on their appointments. Continuing members are Professor Rhonda Galbally AO, Mr Glenn Keys, Mr Martin Laverty and Mr John Walsh. Departing members are Dr Bruce Bonyhady AM, Ms Geraldine Harwood, Ms Fiona Payne and Mr John Hill PSM. Further information.

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments have finalised an agreement regarding the implementation of the Scheme. Unlike the other states and territories, the NDIS in Western Australia will be administered by the State Government. The NDIS will be progressively implemented across this state over three years. Further information.

NEW SOUTH WALES OMBUDSMAN INQUIRY INTO BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS
This inquiry is examining: best practice in behaviour support in education settings; current policy and practice in New South Wales; and complaint mechanisms. It will include a specific focus on the experiences of students with disability. Young people and families interested in contributing to this inquiry can contact Kathryn McKenzie at the Ombudsman on 02 9286 0984 or kmckenzie@ombo.nsw.gov.au. Feedback can be provided until 31 March 2017.

SENATE INQUIRY INTO DELIVERING OUTCOMES UNDER THE NATIONAL DISABILITY STRATEGY AROUND ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITIES
The Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs recently announced an inquiry into Delivery of Outcomes Under the National Disability Strategy to Build Inclusive and Accessible Communities. The terms of reference will examine progress in relation to: accessibility of the built and natural environment (including housing, public and commercial spaces); transport and infrastructure; and communication and information systems. Submissions are due 28 April 2017Further information.

AUDIT OF NDIS DECISION MAKING CONTROLS FOR THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
This audit will assess whether decisions regarding access to the NDIS for people with disability are consistent with legal and other requirements. Public feedback to inform the audit is due 5 May 2017. Further information.

ISSUES FROM THE MEDIA