Media Releases by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

COAG Disability Reform Council – 16 February 2015

As Chair of the COAG Disability Reform Council (comprising Commonwealth, State and Territory disability ministers), I do not usually detail the informal, ministers-only discussions that occur after Council meetings. However, I do so on this occasion given the distortion and… Continue reading

Aged Care Quality Advisory Council announced

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, today announced the membership of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will provide advice to the Australian Government and the Aged Care Quality Agency on its functions and… Continue reading

Latest NDIS figures show solid growth

The latest quarterly report for the National Disability Insurance Scheme demonstrates that solid foundations are being built for the Scheme. Senator Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, said that more than 11,000 participants now have support plans in… Continue reading

COAG Disability Reform Council Communiqu?

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met today in Melbourne. The meeting was chaired by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, the Commonwealth Minister responsible for disability and aged care. Transition to Full Scheme All governments… Continue reading

New voice for all Australians with disability

A new Alliance representing the interests and views of all people with disability will provide advice to the Australian Government on improving social and economic participation, and breaking down barriers. The National Cross-Disability Alliance will provide the Government with practical… Continue reading

NDIS now supporting over 10,000 people with disability

More than 10,000 Australians with disability and their families now have individualised support plans with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Scheme is now operating in seven states and territories, with trial sites ranging from metropolitan to remote areas,… Continue reading

NDIS comes to Murray Bridge for new office opening

A new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) office in Murray Bridge, South Australia was officially opened today. Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said the office would provide a convenient local contact point for children with disability and… Continue reading

NDIS engagement with remote APY lands

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield and the Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, have today welcomed the release of a report on the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme into the APY Lands. The APY Lands… Continue reading

Transition to new CHSP arrangements announced

The Australian Government today announced further details of the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), which will begin from 1 July 2015. The CHSP consolidates four Commonwealth-funded home support programmes into one streamlined and simplified programme: Commonwealth Home and Community… Continue reading

Release of Dementia Forum Report

I am pleased to release the Report from the first Ministerial Dementia Forum, Dementia Care – Core Business for Aged Care, held on 11 September. The Forum brought together 70 key stakeholders and experts to advise the Government on how… Continue reading

COAG Disability Reform Council – CommuniquĂ©

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met today via TelePresence. The meeting was chaired by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services. Transition to Full Scheme The Council is committed to a… Continue reading

Stella Young

I am extremely sad to hear of the passing of Stella Young. She was a role model for Australians with disability on how to seize opportunity and never take no for an answer. Stella was a ceaseless advocate for a… Continue reading

NDIS Quarterly Report released

National Disability Insurance Scheme trials sites are demonstrating strong progress as more and more Australians with disabilities receive the support they need through NDIS packages. The latest quarterly figures include an update on the new trial sites in Australian Capital… Continue reading

Qld gym owner wins 2014 National Disability Award

Queensland gym owner John McDonald was a joint recipient of a 2014 National Disability Award at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night. Mr McDonald shared the ‘Improving Employment Opportunities Award,’ with franchise owners Saronbell from… Continue reading

WA advocacy group wins 2014 National Disability Award

Well-known advocacy and support organisation Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) has won a 2014 National Disability Award during a gala event at Parliament House in Canberra last night. TADWA was one of 23 finalists from more than 200 nominations across… Continue reading