Gai BRODTMANN - Canberrans let down by NDIS failures

Gai Brodmann and Chris Ullman sitting on their lounge

Canberra was one of the first places in Australia to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial, a trial that was designed by a Labor government and was warmly welcomed by so many in my community.

However, the mood at the moment is not as warm. Fast-forward to 2017 and early 2018, and the stories I'm hearing are of people so frustrated with the current NDIS that they are near breaking point. They are so frustrated they are considering pulling out of the NDIS altogether.

Marymead, NDIS deal gives reprieve for families shut out of respite

Families shut out of respite care in Canberra have been granted a last-minute reprieve after a deal was struck between Marymead and the National Disability Insurance Agency over the weekend.

But the ACT government and advocates have warned the solution is only temporary, described by families as a "bandaid" fix, and further work is needed to address national funding shortfalls in overnight care for young people with disabilities.​

Canberra families may relinquish children amid NDIS funding shortfalls

Sherryn Groch

Young Canberrans with high needs could be locked out of respite care by Christmas unless a last-minute solution is found to "critical" funding shortfalls under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

As families warn they will be forced to surrender care of their children without the regular break of respite, advocates are calling for an urgent intervention in the territory to address the "market failure" of services.

School cage scandal reforms beset by failed deadlines

Katie Burgess

Changes recommended after the 2015 boy-in-a-cage scandal have again been the subject of time blowouts, a delay ACT Education minister Yvette Berry blamed on the need for collaboration across several arms of government.

An expert panel called for wide-ranging reforms to how schools handled children with complex or challenging behaviours, after a 10-year-old boy with autism was locked inside a cage at a Canberra school.

SOfASD submission on disability employment in the ACT

SOfASD made a submission to the ACT Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services for its Inquiry into the Employment of people with disabilities.

The submission concludes:

Little is known about employment outcomes for autistic people in the ACT. It is likely that employment outcomes for autistic people are as dismal in the ACT as they are nationally.

Disability policy and programs will not deliver equitable outcomes for autistic people until programs recognise ASD is a distinct disability.

recognise behavioural clinicians in the ACT

Ms Y Berry MLA
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
GPO Box 1020
Canberra ACT 2601


Dear Ms Berry MLA

Subject: recognise behavioural clinicians in the ACT

Thank you for your response (29/3/2017) to our emails.

SOfASD is disappointed that you chose to deny implicitly our request to meet (made in our letter 30/1/2017).

In your response, you wrote:


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