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Western Australians with disability to receive support through a nationally delivered NDIS

Western Australians with disability have been given greater surety that they will receive the support they need, with the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments today announcing that WA will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Today's agreement replaces the bilateral agreement signed in late January 2017 by the

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Western Australia to join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan have today announced a new agreement to bring Western Australia into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS is one of the largest social policy reforms in Australia's history. Today's agreement replaces the agreement signed in late January 2017

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New office provides local disability supports in the Great Southern

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today celebrated the opening of the Department of Communities (Disability Services) Local Coordination office for the Great Southern region. Located in Albany, the office comprises a Local Coordination team of 14 staff who provide support to more than 500 people with disability, their families and carers

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Welfare report card: Australia’s Welfare 2017 puts our wellbeing under the microscope

While Australia continues to perform well in many measures of wellbeing—such as health, environmental quality and civic engagement—we don’t do as well when it comes to other key measures such as ‘work-life balance’ and Indigenous disadvantage, according to the latest 2-yearly report card on our wellbeing from the Australian Institute

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Action plan to help Indigenous Australians with consumer issues

Consumer issues including scams, unscrupulous door-to-door sellers, and discrimination in the housing market headline some of the key priority areas in the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Action Plan 2017–2019. NICS members are the ACCC, ASIC, state consumer affairs agencies and the Indigenous Consumer Action Network (ICAN). We work together to

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Global operation targets dangerous medicines

Dozens of counterfeit and illicit medicines have been seized at the Australian border as part of an international crackdown involving the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Operation Pangea, led by INTERPOL in cooperation with the World Customs Organization,

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‘Turtley’ great way to educate on marine pollution

Turtles are a treasured part of our marine environment, so it is fitting that the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recently commissioned a piece of ghost net artwork featuring a turtle for its Darwin office to start a conversation around marine debris and abandoned fishing gear. In recent years, indigenous Australian

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