Mobility Allowance

The Government is providing $46.5 million in extra support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help Australians receiving Mobility Allowance.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

The Government is providing $46.5 million in extra support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to help Australians receiving Mobility Allowance.

Contact Disability Law Queensland

Disability Law Queensland (or DLQ) is a non-profit law firm that was established by Mamre in February 2016 to help people with disability and their families plan for the future, assert their rights and access justice.

DLQ’s main focus is assisting families that involve people with disability to safeguard their plans for the future for their loved one. DLQ prepares wills and associated documents as well as assisting with the establishment of trusts and power of attorney documents.

DLQ has already provided many families with succession planning advice. DLQ has also assisted a significant number of people with intellectual or cognitive impairments to undertake their own succession planning work – including wills and power of attorney documents.

To make an appointment please call DLQ on 3622 1250 or email

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NDIS First Peoples Yarning Circle

In a partnership with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) the Brisbane region hosted the second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) First Peoples Yarning Circle on 23 November at Kedron.

The Yarning Circle is a culturally safe and appropriate model to provide information for potential NDIS participants and Indigenous organisations that are aspirational NDIS service providers. Information was delivered by Mamre Association and Synapse, both of these organisations have been funded by the department to deliver participant readiness sessions.

Ms Tanya Malthouse, Regional Director DATSIP hosted the afternoon session which focussed on the business opportunities and the support that is available to organisations that are considering registering as NDIS service providers.

Planning is underway for 2017 Yarning Circle sessions. Further information is available from the mailbox.

The Importance of Quality Relationships

With the official start of the NDIS in Australia on July 1, 2016, an opportunity has opened up for people with disabilities and their families to rethink their future goals.  For those who are happy with where they were heading, things may continue on a similar course.  But for others; those who were unsure of their direction, looking to explore other possibilities or imagining something better, the NDIS may be the opportunity to rethink or tweak goals.  Along with informal supports, community supports, mainstream supports, the NDIS may then provide reasonable and necessary support to contribute towards making those goals a reality.  My hope is that many plans feature quality relationships as part of those goals! 

I was watching a TED talk recently about a Harvard study that has been going for over 75 years.  Back in 1938, a group of researchers began a study with a group of people that measured a whole range of things that track how that group travelled through life.  When the study reached 75 years, they looked back over the data with an eye to measuring how well people in that group travelled and what factors may have helped with that.  I don’t have the space here to go through all the data but the conclusion the researchers arrived at was that considering all the metrics, the single outstanding factor that contributed to people faring well in life were the quality of the relationships in their life.  Those who identified as having strong, quality relationships in their life measured strongly across a lot of the metrics of the study.  This contrasted sharply with those who didn’t have strong relationships in their life.  Quality relationships add so much to our life, including health and wellbeing benefits.  

The Emerging Revolution in Assistive Technology

A fundamental component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is investment in innovation and research towards economically and socially viable outcomes.   This is a time when people with disabilities and their families can genuinely have a voice in shaping their future.  It is also a time when technology is developing exponentially.  Assistive Technology solutions for people with disabilities are already evolving in previously unimagined ways and with funding for innovation this will continue.

A Fundamental Shift

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant social and economic reform and one that should make a hugely positive difference to people with disability and their families. It also represents a huge structural change for the whole disability sector. It is interesting times!

An important aspect of the NDIS is that it is seeking to redress the disadvantage that many Australians living with disability experience and ensure that they will have the necessary support to participate more fully in social and economic life.

The Productivity Commission’s report on Disability Care and Support in Australia concluded that the current disability system is unfair, fragmented, underfunded and inefficient. It has been a lottery of who has received funding and who hasn’t. People have had very little flexibility, choice and control over the support they received.

Mamre NDIS News #12

What is 'reasonable and necessary'?
In an earlier NDIS News we explained that the NDIS would fund ‘reasonable and necessary supports’. In summary we said that the National Disability Insurance Agency (‘NDIA’) does not provide a list of what supports a person can seek, some guidance is provided in the National Disability Insurance Agency Act and that supports must be clearly linked to the individual's needs and goals.
As the NDIS has rolled-out around Australia, the NDIA has made decisions about what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ and some people have sought a review of those decisions in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The Tribunal has given their view of what reasonable and necessary means. In this newsletter we will summarise some of these decisions.