Vital disability services cut from today

Date posted: 
27 February 2015

Nican is disappointed that our capacity to support people with disability gain access to important information will be reducing at the end of this week.

Nican's services are vital and we are passionate and committed so we will continue to provide basic services and access to our online database with a skeleton team of staff and volunteers.  From Monday we are only able to provide information on our tollfree 1800 806 769 line on the Qantas Carer Concession Card.  We will also attempt to continue to provide basic help to travellers with disability needing emergency help. 

The service reduction follows a decision by the Federal Government to cut disability information in the last Budget.   It's baffling that the Australian Government is defunding information services so close to the rollout of information, linkages and capacity building services (formerly tier 2) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Nican also supports people who are not yet phased into the trial sites or who are not currently eligible for direct care.  Disability does not stop at 65 nor does it not exist because it was acquired in a motor vehicle accident.

Information is really important for people with disability due to everyday access barriers people face.

Nican also provides the Nican Carer concession card. This card offers a 50% discount to carers for people with dsability who must travel with them to help with movement, eating and using the bathroom. Concession card holders include veterans, legatees and people requiring emergency medical transport.

We need YOUR help to keep information services for people with disability open during the transition to NDIS and would encourage you to make representations to your local Federal Member of Parliament on this issue.

To speak to your Member of Parliament call Parliament House on 02) 62777 111 and ask to speak to your local MP.  You can also find a list of MP's here:

You can also call the office of The Minister for Social Services, Senator Scott Morrison via phone on (02) 6277 7560 or [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>