Questionable Activities in Victoria
Demonstrating Full Commitment to the NDIS and Improving Quality: Gazetting the National Disability Standards as Victoria’s Disability Standards
by JacksonRyan Partners – April 9, 2014
Victoria’s Minister for Disability Services and Reform has claimed that at the March COAG meeting of the Standing Council on Disability Reform she was able to “reinforce our commitment to the new National Standards for Disability Services which were formally endorsed at the COAG meeting in December 2013.
The new National Standards serve as a practical tool for improving disability service quality and Victoria played a pivotal role in their development.” www.dhs.vic.gov.au/ndis
If the Minister does indeed have a commitment to the Standards, it is absolutely necessary that she demonstrate this commitment by gazetting these National Standards as Victoria’s standards.
It is a half-baked commitment if Victoria merely has standards which are “commensurate” or “aligned” with the National Standards.
It is ridiculous to proclaim that Victoria played a pivotal role in the development of the Standards – and not use these same standards.
We call on the Minister to demonstrate a full commitment to the NDIS by gazetting the National Standards for Disability Services as Victoria’s Standards for Disability Services.
The Minister claims that the National Standards serve as a practical tool for improving disability service quality. This of itself is a very good reason for Victoria to have the same standards as the National Standards for Disability Services.
Contact: Max Jackson, Mobile 0413 040 654. Margaret Ryan, Mobile 0412 409 610.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Victorian bulletin, April 2014 from the Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge
Review of Fees - Disability Supported Accommodation
The Victorian Government has announced a review of residential fees in disability supported accommodation. The review will cover both community sector and Government managed disability group homes.
The review will be independent of the Victorian Government and administered by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (formerly known as the State Services Authority).
The purpose of the review is to inform the development of a fair, equitable and transparent fee structure. The review will make recommendations around what is reasonable to charge for things like rent and house-keeping.
The Victorian Public Sector Commission will be consulting with disability residential service providers, peak bodies such as National Disability Services Victoria, and other key stakeholders.
The review commenced in late March 2014.
The VPSC will provide a report to the Department of Human Services in late 2014.
The VPSC advise they will be accepting submissions towards the end of April 2014. This will be anounced, they advise.
For more information about the review of fees, visit the commissioned reviews page on the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) website at:-
http://www.ssa.vic.gov.au//public-administration/commissioned-reviews.html [external link - opens in a new window]
VPSC Contact details: Commissioner: Ms Belinda Clark. 3 Treasury Place, Melbourne Vic 3002 Email: email@example.com Phone: (03) 9651 1321 Fax: (03) 9651 1883.
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