The Federal Government has warned people to beware of contact from anyone claiming to work for the Government and tries to make them pay an administration fee to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin issued a statement in which she warned people against falling for the scam. “These claims are false. There is no need for people to pay a fee to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme. People should be very wary of anyone asking for payments for Government schemes, including the NDIS,” the statement said. “If people are concerned that their privacy has been breached or they have provided personal details as a result of one of these calls, they should report it to the police. Suspected scams can be reported to the Government’s Scamwatch website or by calling 1300 795 995. Further queries about the NDIS scam can be sent to helpdesk.fraud@fahcsia.gov.au


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Disability Justice Plan and discussion paper

As part of the State’s Government’s strategic priority to support safe communities, the Disability Justice Plan and an accompanying Discussion Paper were released on 21 May 2013. Attorney-General John Rau is leading the change, including the introduction of improved legislation, which will see people with disabilities better able to access the criminal justice system in South Australia, whether as victims, witnesses or those accused of crimes.

The purpose of the Disability Justice Plan is to safeguard the rights of all people with disability in their interactions with the criminal justice system.

The discussion paper highlights particular areas for consideration and public comment, including:

  • What support people with disability require to take part in the criminal justice system on an equal basis, such as vulnerable witnesses having access to intermediaries to assist them communicate more clearly and easily
  • Overcoming barriers people with disability can face in the criminal justice system
  • How people with disability can be better protected
  • How abuse and exploitation of people with disability can be better prevented
  • Proposed changes to legislation, such as recent laws introduced in NSW making it a crime for a carer to have sexual contact with a person of intellectual disability they are caring for


Discussion Paper

A ‘standard’ version and an ‘easy read’ version of the discussion paper is available. Both can be downloaded as a pdf, or read online (for people using screen readers). An Auslan video version of the discussion paper is also available.

Standard version, pdf (764KB PDF)

Standard version, accessible html

Easy read version, pdf (1.6MB PDF)

Easy read version, accessible html


Disability Justice Plan consultation online submission  

To access the online survey  Disability Justice Plan survey – link to www.surveymonkey.com

Disability Justice Plan explained – Auslan version, video – link to YouTube

Listen to the Attorney-General John Rau discuss the Disabilty Justice Plan  Attorney-General John Rau discusses the Disability Justice Plan – link to YouTube


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