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22 June 2021

Australia's first national autism helpline has launched! Autism Connect is a free helpline where our advisors provide evidence-based advice on anything related to autism to autistic people, their families, and also those that support them.

18 June 2021

On 17 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) reviewed their advice on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. They recommended Pfizer as the preferred for vaccine for people aged under 60 years. This updates the previous recommendation for Pfizer over the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in those aged 16 to under 50 years.

17 June 2021

Unrestricted travel across Victoria from Friday. Non-residential disability services can open to more people. PPE and Worker Mobility restrictions still apply. Anyone with COVD-19 symptoms must get tested.

08 June 2021

All National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants aged 16 years and over and carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants of any age are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Tuesday, 8 June.

04 June 2021

Additional detail on proposed NDIS reforms has been released. A key feature is the use of personalised budgets. The Independent Advisory Council will convene forums to consult on the proposals.

04 June 2021

Information on claiming COVID supports is now available The Thomastown vaccination hub is taking bookings. The Victorian vaccination blitz continues until Sunday 6 June 2021. Details are now available about how providers can access the enhanced COVID-19 supports that the NDIS Minister announced on Wednesday, as well as booking details for the Commonwealth disability vaccination hub in Thomastown Victoria.

03 June 2021

Current group support price arrangements will be extended by 12 months. An increase to super and the national minimum wage decision will be factored into applicable prices. SDA will be indexed for CPI.

02 June 2021

The Victorian lockdown has been extended in metropolitan Melbourne for a further seven days. PPE requirements have changed for disability residential services. A letter from the Vic Government can be printed from the NDS website to use as proof of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. NDS has called a meeting at short notice for tomorrow for residential disability service providers regarding the latest updates.

02 June 2021

Providers do not need to transition to the new group pricing methodology until 1 July 2022. Transition to the new pricing regime can occur anytime from 1 July 2021. NDS will continue advocating as necessary.

02 June 2021

Disability provider alert from Department of Health 2 June 2021.