Disability

Age Pension and the Mobility Allowance

THERE is a Senate inquiry is considering a Bill providing for the Mobility Allowance to end at 30 June 2017 to new entrants. At that point, the Mobility Allowance will have transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a new mobility assistance arrangement will be available under the NDIS.

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NSW Trustee & Guardian

THE NSW Trustee & Guardian allows so-called 'private managers' to manage the affairs of some of its clients. These private managers are usually close relatives of the NSW Trustee & Guardian clients. For example, a parent might manage the affairs of an adult child with an intellectual disability.

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No Mobility Allowance for Age Pensioners

FROM 1January 2017, the Mobility Allowance will move to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This sounds like a logical move, but it also means the Mobility Allowance will no longer be available to people over 65, even though the Age Pension eligibility age is now approaching 67, and is likely to be moved to 70.

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DSP tightens thumb screws

THE Federal Government's welfare-to-work reforms are pushing thousands of people off the disability pension and into financial hardship. Welfare rights organisations say their work is increasingly taken up with these cases.

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Continuity of inferior care

UNDER the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a person needs to have acquired their disability before the age of 65 in order to qualify. Once that person reaches the age of 65, they have a choice between continuing with the NDIS or leaving the NDIS for the aged care system.

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