Media Releases by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Labor short on funding facts

The Coalition Government is 100 per cent committed to delivering and funding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in full. The Coalition has supported the NDIS from Day One. Negotiations for full rollout of the NDIS beyond the trial sites… Continue reading

NDIS Board Appointment Process

It is important to correct the record on issues related to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) covered in today’s Australian Financial Review (AFR) and on today’s Jon Faine program. It is untrue, as asserted by the… Continue reading

National Disability Insurance Agency Board

A process has begun to make appointments to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board, as the current terms of Board members expire on 30 June 2016. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the largest social policy… Continue reading

More people benefitting from the NDIS

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, today released the latest Quarterly Report of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It shows more than 17,300 people are now benefitting from the NDIS, with more than $952 million invested… Continue reading

Apply for new aged care places

Applications for the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) opened today, with existing and prospective providers of Australian Government-funded aged care encouraged to apply. There will be 10,940 residential aged care places and 6,045 home care places allocated through the 2015… Continue reading

BSWAT payment scheme begins today

The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) payment scheme has opened for registrations and applications. Through the scheme, employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who have been paid a pro-rata wage assessed using the BSWAT can apply for a fast… Continue reading

Nominate now for the National Disability Awards

The 2015 National Disability Awards open today, giving Australians the chance to acknowledge the many people, organisations and initiatives across the country that make a positive impact on the lives of people with disability. Now in their ninth year, the… Continue reading

NDIS early roll out kicks off

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) achieved a significant milestone today, as the early rollout of the Scheme in NSW commences. From today, children and young people with disability in the Nepean, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury area, and their families,… Continue reading

Improving care for hospital patients with dementia

The Australian Government is investing $2.3 million to trial nationally a Victorian-based programme that improves the care of people with dementia in hospital. The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, and the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said… Continue reading

Experts to inform national carer gateway

The Australian Government today announced the members of a new Carer Gateway Advisory Group to lead an initiative to better support Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers. The Government invested $33.7 million in the 2015 Budget to build a national carer… Continue reading

$40 million to support changes to aged care

The Australian Government is providing $40 million to support aged care providers transition to the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and the consumer directed care (CDC) model of home care packages. This represents a funding boost of $20 million… Continue reading

Advocacy review to empower people with disability

The Australian Government today encouraged people with disability, their family, friends and advocates to participate in a review of the National Disability Advocacy Framework. The National Disability Advocacy Framework provides a structure for governments to work within to enable and… Continue reading

Certainty for Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Government has taken two decisions to provide certainty for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) clients and providers. CHSP funding agreements will be extended to 30 June 2018, to coincide with the 2015 Budget decision to merge the CHSP and… Continue reading