Disability employment reform: less red tape, more options and support

Disability employment reform is underway with a new specialist disability employment program to commence on 1 July, 2025. Its goal is to remove the red tape for providers supporting participants and to boost access for participants looking for sustainable employment. On the back of the government’s commitment of an additional $227.6 million to the new program in the 2024-25 Federal Budget, Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said there is a “clear vision” and that it will bett... CONTINUE READING

Privacy Awareness Week 2024: Power up your privacy

Ability Options takes privacy seriously and is proud to support Privacy Awareness Week. This year held from Monday 6 May to Sunday 12 May, Privacy Awareness Week is an annual campaign led by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to raise awareness about the importance of protecting personal information. This year's theme 'Power up your privacy', focuses on privacy and technology and highlights the key principles of transparency, accountability, and securit... CONTINUE READING

New NDIS Taskforce cracking down on providers illegally overcharging participants

A taskforce endorsed by Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten MP says it intends to crack down on unfair prices and the suspected overcharging of participants by dishonest services providers. Chaired by the ACCC, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the National Disability Insurance Agency, the taskforce will prevent dishonest service providers from charging more than they should for their services. Talking to the ABC on the crackdown, Minister Shorten said it’s high time these p... CONTINUE READING

Reflecting on 2023: International Day of People with Disability

Sunday 3 December marked International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), an incredibly significant date on our calendar. What you might not know, is this 2023's IDPwD theme – ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by people with disabilities.’ The 2023 theme for IDPwD is asking everyone to work together to make the world better and fairer for people with disability.... CONTINUE READING

Celebrating the successful integration of R&R Care into the Ability Options family

Earlier this month, we hosted a Community Afternoon Tea to celebrate the final stage of Mid North Coast disability services provider R&R Care joining the Ability Options family. Welcoming colleagues, participants, families, carers, as well as Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Paul Amos, the day acknowledged the legacy of R&R Care and signified a new era for our organisation and the people we proudly support on the Mid North Coast.... CONTINUE READING

Our 2023 STAR Awards Sponsors

It’s the week of our 2023 STAR Awards Ceremony!   Our STAR Awards highlight, recognise and reward our people for the incredible work they do in line with Ability Options’ core Values of Trust, Respect, Inclusion, Courage and to Lead.... CONTINUE READING

The history of Ability Options’ uniform

Several years ago, we commissioned an artwork to act as a backbone of our (then) Stretch - Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). So delighted with the result, we included this piece more broadly in the design of our Ability Options polo shirt uniforms. These polos are worn proudly by our colleagues when supporting our people to achieve their aspirations and inclusion in the community.... CONTINUE READING