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May 25, 2016

Scam alert – National Disability Insurance Agency

Endeavour Foundation has become aware that some people with a disability in Victoria have received phone calls from people claiming to be from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) seeking personal information, including bank account details. 

The NDIA has provided a response (below) detailing how they contact customers and the information they seek at that point, which does not include bank account details.

If you receive a call you are uncertain about regardless of your location in Australia, please contact the NDIA National Access Team on 1800 800 110.

 

NDIA's response:

"As part of preparations for the implementation of the NDIS throughout the North East Melbourne Area from 1 July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is making contact via phone calls with prospective participants who are either currently on the Disability Support Register or in an existing DHHS programme such as Shared Supported Accommodation.

The contact from the NDIA is to ascertain a participant’s eligibility for the NDIS and seek their consent to enter the NDIS. The NDIA are also gathering some key information such as the person’s home address and their CRN number from Centrelink. At no stage however will be the NDIA be seeking people’s bank account details. Following this initial contact, the NDIA will be in touch again to start the development of the participant’s first plan to enter the NDIS.

The contact by the NDIA has followed the earlier distribution of a letter from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to prospective participants outlining the transition into the NDIS.  

There has been some concerns raised by families of participants that the phone calls may not be from the NDIA but from other organisations seeking personal information for other reasons.

People should be aware that these calls from the NDIA will continue for the next few weeks and if they have any concerns or queries they can raise them with the NDIA by calling: NDIS National Access Team directly on 1800 800 110."

 


 

May 12, 2016

NDIS jobs boost for Queensland

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to create a jobs boom for Queensland, with the latest estimates showing the scheme could create up to 36,000 new disability sector jobs, more than double initial estimates.  

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the first Queensland NDIS Market Position Statement (MPS) released by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) yesterday showed jobs growth was likely to exceed the original estimate of 13,000 new disability jobs state-wide, which was forecast by the Productivity Commission.

“The NDIS is expected to double the number of people with disability receiving services and support in Queensland to more than 90,000,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“This creates huge demand in the market for disability jobs, as well as flow on benefits to areas like tourism, transport and more,” she said.

“This is a massive boost for Queensland, which will see the biggest increase in market size of the three eastern states.

“Areas such as Bundaberg, Logan and Redlands, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg will be leading the way in jobs growth, but the benefits will extend across the whole state.

“Once the NDIS rollout is complete, it will inject around $4 Billion into our state economy every year.

 


 

April 1, 2016

New CEO appointed to lead Endeavour Foundation through NDIS transition

 

 Endeavour Foundation’s Board of Directors has made the unanimous decision to appoint Andrew Donne as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Andrew has the business acumen, skills, experience, and values to lead the organisation through this important time of transformation and opportunity,” Chairman Tony Bellas said.

Andrew’s clear and specific charter is to steer our organisation through this period of national reform, so we can deliver on the promise of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in providing the best possible outcomes for Australians with a disability and their families,” Mr Bellas said.

Mr Donne said he looked forward to responding to the opportunities ahead within the dramatically changing disability sector.

My priorities are to ensure the needs and interests of people with a disabiltiy and their families are first and foremost in all our decisions; to implement strategic changes so that our services and structure are well-suited to the NDIS, and to honour our legacy by ensuring we are financially strong for the future,” Mr Donne said.

Media Contact: National Corporate Affairs Manager Kirrily Boulton, on 0429 077 886 or k.boulton@endeavour.com.au.

 


 

March 18, 2016

Long-awaited Qld bilateral NDIS agreement now signed

Endeavour Foundation's Acting Chief Executive Officer has welcomed the long-awaited news that a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) bilateral agreement has been signed by the Queensland and Commonwealth governments.

"Queenslanders with a disability, families and support providers are thrilled that both governments have agreed to concrete commitments for the NDIS roll-out throughout the state," Mr Donne said.

"We appreciate that negotiations can be difficult when significant public expectations are at stake and there are large amounts of funding to be found," he said.

"We are pleased that Queenslanders with a disability can begin planning their future with certainty, in the knowledge that the NDIS will be available even in the farthest reaches of the state by 2019.

"The biggest social reform since the introduction of the age pension, the NDIS will change the lives of more than 90,000 Queenslanders with disability and their families. We are delighted that the NDIS will provide equitable support for all and give people with a disability control over all aspects of their support arrangements.

"This significant financial investment will also benefit our state economy, through the creation of 13,000 new jobs and by making it possible for more people with a disability and full-time carers to enter the workforce," he concluded.

Media Contact: Kirrily Boulton, on 0429 077 886 or k.boulton@endeavour.com.au.

Endeavour Foundation is an independent ‘for purpose’ organisation providing support to more than 3,300 people with a disability from more than 230 locations throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.

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