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Travis the artist

Travis is a very talented young artist who enjoys doing Aboriginal dot paintings . When asked what he loves about creating art , he said that painting helps him relax and gives him something to focus on .
When painting , some of the colours Travis likes to use in his artwork are white , black , ochre and different shades of blue . He also shared that he feels inspired when he sees traditional symbols and other patterns . One of his goals is to start selling some of his artwork .
Keep up the great work , Trav ! We are all very proud of you .
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NDIS The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) Managed by the NDIA, The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way of providing support to people with disability around Australia. In an effort to make the NDIS work even better, the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) acknowledges that they need to change the law. This law is called the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, which is often referred to as, the Act. “EllieB’s welcomes the recent news that the NDIS will introduce changes to the Act. These changes include establishing a participant service guarantee and making improvements to processes for participants and providers. We have included some information throughout the newsletter regarding the changes for your convenience and will keep you posted as the changes occur”. Wendy Warren | Chief Executive There are also rules about how the NDIS works. To follow are the proposed changes from the DSS. Changing the NDIS Act and Rules The DSS wants to: • Make sure the NDIS works better. • Make sure NDIS participants have a good experience. • Make the NDIS: o Fairer o Easier to use o Faster o More flexible • Fix the Act and Rules so they are: o Clear o Up to date The DSS also hired an expert, Mr David Tune, to compile a report to get recommendations on how to improve the Act and the Rules. Based on what he had to say, the DSS also wants to make the Participant Service Guarantee law. • The Participant Service Guarantee (or promise) will be a new set of rules for the NDIA. • This guarantee will make the NDIS work simpler and better • The NDIA already follows the Guarantee and the DSS wants to make the guarantee part of the law 10 Some of the timeframes the NDIA must meet are: • if someone wants to join the NDIS, the NDIA must decide within 21 days • if someone asks why the NDIA made a decision, the NDIA must answer within 28 days Some of the standards the NDIA must meet are: • the NDIA must be transparent • the NDIA must be responsive When an organisation is transparent, everyone can see how things work. When an organisation is responsive, it acts quickly to: • Give people what they ask for • Fix problems Mr Tune also said the NDIA would have to tell all governments how well they meet the: • timeframes • standards Making the NDIS work better for participants Mr Tune put other ideas in his report. Inside this report he said: • NDIS plans should be easier to change • We must be clear about how people who need mental health support can get what they need through the NDIS • Families should be able to get NDIS support for children with disability: o as soon as they find out about their child’s disability o while the child is still young He also said that the NDIA must give people more information about the decisions they make. When the NDIA makes decisions, they should be: • based on what they already know works well • consistent The NDIA has already started to tell all governments how well they meet the timeframes and standards. When something is consistent it is done the same way every time. The NDIA writes reports about the NDIS for everyone to read. The DSS want the NDIA to be able to pay service providers directly. The reports talk about how well they meet the timeframes and standards. This means participants won’t have to work as hard to look after their NDIS funding. Questions to think about NDIS funding is the money from your plan that pays for the supports and services you need. • Is the Guarantee easy to understand? • Is it clear how the Guarantee will work? • What problems could the Guarantee cause? Mr Tune said that parts of the Act and Rules: • are out of date • need to be updated For example, parts of the Act still talk about starting the NDIS. Things like this need to be come out of the Act. The Government is also looking at the Rules to make sure they are up to date. When will the DSS make these changes? There are a lot of steps involved in changing laws. Parliament needs to think about what will change if they make it law. Parliament makes decisions about Australian laws. The people in Parliament: • come from different parts of Australia • have different beliefs If Parliament agrees, the Act will change before the end of 2021. How can you have your say? • Visit: engage.dss.gov.au • Email: ndisconsultations@dss.gov.au You can find these reports on their website. It also means they can spend more time thinking about how they want to use their NDIS funding. www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/publications/ quarterly-reports Questions to think about: Full document available at: www.engage.dss.gov.au • The Guarantee will make it clear what people should expect from the NDIA • Are these new ideas easy to understand? Mr Tune said the Guarantee should: • set times for the NDIA to do their work • list the standards the NDIA must meet • What problems could the new ideas cause? ebldisabilityservices.org.au Staying up to date ebldisabilityservices.org.au 11