The NDIS is set to reshape Australian cities. But to achieve meaningful participation of people with disabilities, urban communities and services will also need to take action.
The government is pinning its hopes on making this election all about tax – casting itself as champion of lower tax and Labor as signed up to what Morrison dubs the "high tax club".
Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
While disability carers are employed to work part-time hours, they often have long work days with short periods of work interspersed with non-work periods.
The NDIS is allowing for Specialist Disability Accommodation for 28,000 people, with 17,500 already in such housing. The potential demand for this life-changing supported housing is even greater.
The NDIS was set up with the philosophy of choice and empowerment. Yet participants have little control over their support plans and aren't allowed to view them before they are approved.
The federal government is trying to make Australians more financially literate, but it's using a definition that ignores many political, economic and cultural factors.
Parents need support from early childhood educators to build capacity to claim for NDIS services.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.
The NDIS has the resources and mandate to develop a mature market that delivers suitable housing for people with high disability needs, including the more than 6,200 young people now in aged care.
The census needs to count people who identify as having a disability, as well as those who require government support.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
The Productivity Commission has described the roll-out to the full scheme as “highly ambitious” and expresses concern it risks not being implemented as intended.
The fund is nothing more than a rebadging exercise in the hope people might think it is a new policy. And it's being used to airbrush public hospitals out of the Medicare picture.
Bill Shorten has said Labor will oppose the budget's increase in the Medicare levy hitting taxpayers on incomes under A$87,000.
Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
The NDIS roll-out has been criticised for many glitches, but that doesn't mean the scheme is failing.
If you look at past budgets, the proposed cuts in social security programs are disproportionate to the amount the government spends.
We know predators will continue to target the vulnerable, including children and people with disability. The NDIS will mitigate some of the issues in this space, but we need a royal commission too.
New rules offer the possibility of an inclusive Australian society that enables people with the highest disability-related support needs to have equal access to mainstream services including housing.