News Tag: NDIS

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Looking for two more pilot testers

We are excited to report we now have eight pilot testers and we’ve been busily conducting orientation meetings.  Those meetings are to explain our services, discuss their goals and how we could help, and to discuss their needs.  A few times it has been to give them advice with regard to the NDIS.

Our goal is to have ten pilot testers, to give our systems a good test.

Pilot testers don’t pay for our services for six months (including receiving 10 hours of on-call mentoring for free).  In total that’s $1600 worth of services for free.

Do you know someone who wants to monetise a hobby/craft, might be able to conduct a gig-based micro business, or has a burning idea for a small business?  Encourage them to contact us at either [email protected] or 0436 480 769.

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Plan Managers

Yesterday we sent information about the Pilot Test of the platform to all NDIS Plan Managers.

We are also currently compiling a list of all NDIS Care Coordinators so we can also send them this information. 

This is part of our effort to recruit ten pilot testers to help us identify quirks/bugs or matters that require refinement.

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NDIS cost-cutting taskforce told to reduce growth in participants and spending – The Guardian ( Luke Henriques-Gomes | April 2021)

When Labor first introduced the NDIS, it put Australia in an enviable position of the first such national insurance scheme for people who live with a disability.

For many of us, it has been very really a life-changer and opens doors of opportunity.

So it is thoroughly disheartening, but not entirely unexpected, that the Federal Government is looking for ways to wind back the scheme and look for ways to save money…

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Disability employment: An awful reality

Of late, we have shared news stories about both employers seeing the value of engaging staff who live with a disability, as well as people who live with a disability who are enjoying success with an enterprise they have set up. These are things to celebrate and congratulate.

However, that is not the full story. 

Members of the team have heard, and in some cases experienced prejudice and intolerance at work. These can see people unfairly dismissed, bullied or otherwise mistreated…

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A great phone chat with Jacqueline Cannon of the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program

This week, Gary had a great Zoom chat with @Jacqueline Cannon of the BLCW Program.  They discussed the goals and operation of the Program and Platform.  They also discussed synergy and opportunities to collaborate.

Jacqueline was very generous with her time and the two of them discussed the NDIS, the pilot test, our Board, our Patron, Griffith University, Fiverr, funding avenues, student work opportunities and promotional videos.

In short, it was a terrific contact and we plan to continue working together.  So watch this space…

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Disability Leadership Institute

Gary has recently joined the Disability Leadership Institute. It is a great way to network with other disability leaders, hear news and share great tips. 

The DLI is a worthwhile group for anyone interested in advocacy, entrepreneurship and related skills. 

The Institute offers free and cost-effective professional development to its members…

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Three new policies

Recently we completed three more governance policies:

1. Partnerships
2. Minimising abuse and harm
3. Promoting positive behaviour

None of these are especially exciting, but it is great to see our governance arrangements coming into place…

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Finance policy

Yesterday, we drafted our finance plan.  This covered:

1. Billing for services;
2. Overhead saving and use;
3. Honoraria for office-bearers;
4. The purchasing plan;
5. Authorisations; and
6. Reporting and auditing…