Archive: March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Translated Resources

WWDA has produced an Easy English ‘What is Coronavirus‘ document to explain some key facts about COVID-19 in a simple way. The document now available in 11 different languages. You can download the document in your preferred language below as a PDF or Accessible Word DOC below. Easy English – About Coronavirus [DOC] [PDF] Arabic –…

Disability Royal Commission calls for urgent action

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability.  The Royal Commission has issued a Statement of Concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Increase Disability Support Pension now to deal with coronavirus

 People with disability who receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP) urgently need access to the increased Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight, consistent with the Jobseeker Payment and other payments recently announced.  People with disability who are in receipt of DSP are experiencing and facing additional, unforeseen costs in this time of crisis, which is…

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert Media Release: New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

21 March 2020 NDIS plans to be extended by up to 24 months, ensuring continuity of support and increasing capacity of NDIA staff to focus on urgent and required changes to plans. Face to face planning shifted to telephone meetings where possible. Action plan to ensure NDIS participants and their families continue to receive the…

Urgent measures needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

People with disability from across Australia are calling for urgent action to make sure we are included in preparations for the current public health emergency. Eight national peak organisations have come together to outline to all levels of government, the National Disability Insurance Agency, other agencies and the private sector, about the range of concerns…

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) – March 2020

Summary -18 March 2020 The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met by telepresence today. The meeting discussed a national response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly its potential impact on people with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Council acknowledged that COVID-19 presents a significant and unprecedented…

Disability Royal Commission suspends all public events

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has suspended public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.The Chair Ronald Sackville AO QC said after careful consideration, the Commission has postponed the following hearings; -Education scheduled for next week in Brisbane, Queensland, -Justice scheduled for April in…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Easy Read update 16 March 2020

Women With Disabilities Australia have produced an Easy English document on the current CoronaVirus (COVID-19) for women and girls with disability living in Australia. Coronavirus is a virus that started in China and spread to many countries around the world, including Australia. Coronavirus is also called COVID-19. That is the scientific name of the virus.…