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Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

18 February 2014

 Dear Colleague,

 I write to announce the opening of the website of Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme at

I invite you and your members to explore the site to find out the basics of the design of this important project. Various information sharing and consultation events are planned in each of the trial states and sites, so please encourage interested members to become involved. Details will appear on the website. You can also sign up for occasional updates. The website will continue to evolve over the coming months as the evaluation gets into full swing.

 The Commonwealth Department of Social Services funds the evaluation and chairs an evaluation steering committee with representatives from all the states and the relevant agencies. The National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University leads a consortium of researchers and disability experts to carry out the evaluation, which will report in late 2016. You will find all our details on the website. You will also find information about the design and conduct of the evaluation including a number of studies we are doing with scheme participants and their families and carers; service providers and their staff; and mainstream services.

 Please follow up with us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you any questions to ask or ideas to share. (But remember, we cannot accept complaints about the work of the National Disability Insurance Agency…details about how to contact them are available on the website.)


Yours sincerely


Lorna Hallahan

Leader, Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

Evaluation of the Trial of the NDIS

National Institute of Labour Studies

Tel: (08) 8201 2265
Fax: (08) 8201 5278
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Room 3112, Social Sciences North Building
Car Park 5, Humanities Road (off Ring Road),
Flinders University of South Australia
Bedford Park SA 5042

Postal address

National Institute of Labour Studies
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001



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International Day for PWD 2013

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) acknowledges all those Australians living with a disability and their families and carers today on the International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPWD).

NEDA President Suresh Rajan commented that the implementation of the NDIS by the previous Gillard Labor Government was a great reform and the commitment of the Abbott Coalition Government as outlined recently by Minister Fifield at the National Disability Awards and at the National Press Club was also very reassuring.

People living with disability will have the opportunity for real change, for the better and the ability to have choice and control over their lives for the first time in our history.

Mr Rajan said that the NDIS reform was significant and the importance of it should not be lost. The disability community should celebrate this reform on this special day but should not lose sight of the big picture.

Even though today we celebrate the diversity of our community and the richness that all people bring to our shared experience we should remember that people living with disability still have a long way to go in achieving equality and more so for those people from the CaLD and NESB community.

At NEDA we feel that the key to this great reform is a work force strategy, one that will include all Australians and especially those people from non-English speaking backgrounds. A strategy that is inclusive of the community’s needs and one that offers real choice and control that will allow this community the “dignity of Risk” that most Australians take for granted in their daily lives.

Mr Rajan continued to say that this strategy should look at a work force that includes real jobs for those people living with disability as the disability community are tired of charity. Like most Australians they want to play a greater role in the community, they want to contribute and be accepted on an equal footing. All Australians have a right to work.

On this special day when we think of the disability community we should not distinguish them by disability but we should focus on their ability.

For more information please contact NEDA President Suresh Rajan on: 0413436001 or the NEDA CEO Dwayne Cranfield on: 02 62626867


National Disability Awards 2013

NEDA would like to congratulate all finalists and recipients at last night’s The 2013 National Disability Awards for their outstanding contributions in improving the lives of people with disabilities and their family members.  More importantly,  NEDA wishes to congratulate the late Lesley Hall and her family members, as Lesley was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for her long standing commitment in empowering people with disabilities.


The list of finalists for the awards can be found at


Vale Lesley Hall 27 Nov 1954 – 19 Oct 2013

Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Lesley Hall. Lesley was a pioneer in the area of rights of people with disabilities here in Australia. It is incredibly saddening to have heard the news of her passing. It was only a few days ago that we were able to gather with her and her many friends to farewell her from her workplace at FDO.

We trust that at this time of great sadness you draw on the inner strength that Lesley displayed in abundance. Our sincerest good wishes go to all those who may have had contact with this remarkable lady. Vale Lesley Hall. May she rest in Peace.



From the staff and Council of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance




Suresh Rajan