03rd February 2020
Keep updated about the Coronavirus

NDS wishes to alert providers to the latest advice from the Australian Government on the outbreak of a new strain of the Coronavirus, and urges providers to stay up-to-date with advice which may be provided by the Government.

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09th December 2019
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability

Ability Options is looking forward to engaging in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability. We see it as a real and positive opportunity to identify and make the changes needed to ensure that people with a disability are respected for their worth, treated with dignity and respect and can fulfil their potential as equal citizens, safe and free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We want to contribute to shaping future policy, legislation, administrative and other measures needed to promote the human rights of people with a disability and to change attitudes, behaviour, experiences and outcomes for the better. We will ensure the Royal Commission receives advice and support to make sure that barriers to great services are removed and we identify positive practices and areas we can do better, openly and honestly. To do this it is critical to ensure that work in the disability sector attracts, retains, develops, supports and rewards the best possible workforce to make sure that society values the challenging work and contribution the workforce makes.

We are resourcing and preparing ourselves to contribute positively and to identify issues, incidents, complaints and risks we, like all providers, might face. We have put together a dedicated project team under the newly established Practice and Outcomes division of Ability Options. Michelle Hodge will lead this team with support from Rebecca Collins and Kristen Ryan.

Frequent communication will be shared through our Ability Options website to keep you informed of our progress.

We encourage and appreciate feedback from our employees and people support to highlight any issues they would like for Ability Options to raise on their behalf or any advice they may have regarding suspected Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability which should form part of our submission to the Royal Commission.

If you need help providing feedback, you can contact our project team directly via email royalcommission@abilityoptions.org.au or this can be done through a number of avenues:

Complete an independent submission through the Royal commission website https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Complete an allegation of Assault, Abuse or Neglect through Tickit using the below link: https://abilityoptions.tod.net.au/incidents/new/c17c326e107ced8cb0713d0f8b730a9a

More information, including information about the Commissioners’ can be found on the Royal Commission website https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

We will continue to bring you updates on how things unfold on the Ability Options website https://abilityoptions.org.au/

There's help if you're affected by the royal commission:

  • National Counselling and Referral Service 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468 offers support and help to tell your story
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, call via 133 677
  • If you require an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for connection to the National Counselling and Referral Service line

For more assistance
- Find a disability advocate near you

16th October 2019
Ability Options is a TTP Provider

From 1 July 2019, providers of attendant care and community and centre based activities have access to a higher support price limit through a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP). The TTP assists providers with any costs associated in transitioning to the NDIS.

Ability Options is a registered TTP Provider.

The NDIA have increased existing service bookings to ensure the additional funds are available to be claimed, and do not impact the quantity of services provided to participants.

The NDIA has released an updated NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2019–20, effective 1 July 2019.

1st December 2016
Kempsey Regional Support Integrates with Ability Options

Leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider Ability Options has announced Kempsey Regional Support (KRS) has integrated with its organisation. CEO of Ability Options Mr Fred Van Steel confirmed the integration following a meeting with the Kempsey Regional Support Committee and Members in Kempsey.

The Mid North Coast will transition to the NDIS from July 1, 2017 with an estimated 5,800 people in the area to be accessing their supports through the NDIS by 30 June 2019. This figure includes an estimated 2,700 eligible participants who will be new to funding. The NDIS gives people with disability, their families and carers a chance to advocate for supports that are aligned with their goals, offering people with disability choice and control over their supports.

Mr. Gary Phillips, Manager Kempsey Regional Support, welcomed the integration into Ability Options. “Our integration with Ability Options will allow Kempsey Regional Support to tap into Ability Options proven NDIS experience and vast resources allowing for the uptake of new ideas, technology, reporting and the eventual expansion of our services to the local community.”

“The landscape of the disability sector is changing dramatically and the integration will ensure that Kempsey Regional Support is ready to support Participants through the transition to the new NDIS funding model as seamlessly as possible.”

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