• Lawyers Alliance welcomes new Federal Ministry

    3rd Jun 2022

    The new Federal Government Ministry has the opportunity to make positive reform and work to deliver justice to all Australians, said the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) welcoming the country’s new leaders to their roles.

  • Expansion of CEO’s powers in NDIS Bill is concerning and unnecessary

    12th Nov 2021

    New legislation designed to improve the experience of NDIS participants contains concerning clauses that expand the powers of the NDIA CEO unnecessarily, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

  • State and territory ministers urged to oppose plan for NDIS independent assessments

    6th Jul 2021

    State and territory ministers for disability services are being urged to oppose the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the NDIS which will mandate independent assessments.

  • Compensation, risk and the NDIS

    29th Apr 2021

    Pursuing compensation can be expensive and stressful. Might injured Australians decide it’s better to just receive full Centrelink and NDIS? Jane Campbell explains the issues at play, including repayments and reductions, and highlights the enduring importance of securing proper compensation.

  • Inability to challenge NDIS assessments undermines principles of ‘choice and control’

    8th Apr 2021

    The inability of participants to challenge the results of mandatory NDIS assessments undermines the legislative intent of the scheme, says the ALA.

  • Urgent action needed to prevent COVID-19 crisis in disability care

    12th Aug 2020

    The federal government and the NDIA need to take urgent action to keep NDIS clients and disability care workers safe from COVID-19 as case numbers grow both in disability homes and amongst residential clients, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

  • Long delays and complex bureaucracy limiting fair access to NDIS

    3rd Oct 2018

    Extensive delays, complex bureaucracy and difficulties surrounding the appeals and review process are making it impossible for people to have fair and equal access to the NDIS in NSW, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

  • The NDIS and compensation

    15th Mar 2018

    Tom Ballantyne gives an overview of the compensation claims process under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • Productivity Commission finding to delay NDIS rollout is the right cal

    19th Oct 2017

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has welcomed the Productivity Commission’s call to delay the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), saying that there are concerns about the pace of the scheme’s implementation.

  • Implications of the NDIS on personal injury compensation

    14th Sep 2017

    The purpose of this article is to alert lawyers practising in the personal injury field to the implications of the introduction of the NDIS on clients entitled to receive compensation for their injuries. 

  • NDIS at Risk of Privatisation: 2016 Budget

    27th May 2016

    With all the hype about superannuation measures, tax changes and lack of initiatives on housing, a small bit of critical information has been left out of the public eye. The 2016 Budget papers reveal a demonstrably sly and inconsistent move by the federal government that could well destroy the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • Money and injury – big changes afoot

    27th Aug 2015

    Changes are being made to the way that injured people can access financial support. Are the changes being made to government support, compensation and disability insurance a step in the right direction for injured Australians? Jane Campbell assesses the issues. 

  • First NDIS case in the Federal Court

    19th Jun 2015

    The first NDIS case has reached the Federal Court, on appeal from the AAT.

  • Govt plan to strip legal rights from families with cerebral palsy

    16th Jan 2015

    Children who are born with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice may have their rights to sue for their lifetime care and support eliminated under plans being considered by governments, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • Fault lines in NDIS follow cracks in NSW lifetime care scheme

    12th Aug 2014

    Systemic issues identified in the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Scheme (LTCS) may already be affecting services provided via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • Australians do not deserve NDIS delay

    21st Jul 2014

    Delaying the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will only generate additional anxiety amongst the very people it is intended to help, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) said today.

  • NDIS must have full, bipartisan support

    12th Nov 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is today stressing the importance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme being given full affordable and sustainable support from both sides of government to ensure it delivers the expectations of the community.

  • Misnomer of NDIS as a form of insurance is concerning – ALA

    12th Aug 2013

    “A potential misunderstanding that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a form of insurance has prompted some underwriters to warn that the scheme, now called DisabilityCare, does not safeguard families from economic loss resulting from death and incapacity,” the Australian Lawyers Alliance said today.

  • Less haste and more thoroughness needed for DisabilityCare – ALA

    1st Jul 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance welcomes the official commencement of DisabilityCare today, but is concerned about potential oversights in all the haste.

  • ALA welcomes new debate to secure funding for DisabilityCare

    30th Apr 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today welcomed renewed debate on secure funding for DisabilityCare.

  • ALA applauds SA joining NDIS

    18th Apr 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today congratulated South Australia on becoming the second state to unite with the federal government on the state-wide roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

  • New super tax changes will hurt the injured

    8th Apr 2013

    “The catastrophically injured and their carers are having their futures thrown into doubt after the federal government announced changes to superannuation laws on Friday that are likely to mean that their compensation payments will run out early,” the Australian Lawyers Alliance said today.

  • NDIS Bill praised by ALA, but with qualification

    24th Mar 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance remains concerned about oversights in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill which stand to limit the rights of those with disabilities and their carers.

  • ALA commends Attorney-General for not rushing anti-discrim bill

    22nd Mar 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today commended the Federal Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, for not rushing consideration of the anti-discrimination bill or the reading and deliberation of submissions pertaining to the Bill, which may have resulted in substandard legislation.

  • NDIS recovery rights fall short

    15th Mar 2013

    People with disabilities can be pressured into legal action under provisions in the National Disability Scheme legislation passed in the House of Representatives yesterday.

  • NDIS Bill inadequate in protecting rights of those with disabilities

    19th Feb 2013

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance today told an Adelaide public hearing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that the Bill, in its present form, would not adequately protect the rights of those with disabilities.

  • Vital legal rights at risk under NDIS Bill - ALA

    10th Feb 2013

    Vitally important legal rights could be lost and some people with disabilities potentially left worse off under current draft NDIS legislation, according to peak legal body the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

  • ALA welcomes NDIS Bill

    29th Nov 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance welcomes the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill, introduced today.

  • No-fault insurance schemes will lead to an unsafe Australia - ALA

    30th Oct 2012

    "No-fault schemes contribute to death and injury in New Zealand as the removal of liability reduces incentive to optimise safety standards and to act with care towards fellow community members,” Australian Lawyers Alliance National President, Tony Kerin said today.

  • Draft NDIS legislation should be properly scrutinised

    16th Oct 2012

    Draft NDIS legislation should be distributed to Australian disability groups, academics and lawyers, well before any parliamentary tabling, the ALA said today.

  • Inconsistency in NSW is draining disability rights - ALA

    30th Aug 2012

    After much negotiation, NSW has announced it will provide an extra $35 million to support the rollout of a National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Hunter region to help 10,000 people with significant disability.

  • Lawyers emphasise right to choose in national insurance schemes

    24th Aug 2012

    The National Disability Insurance and National Injury Insurance Schemes, being advanced by the Federal Government, are being discussed in Perth today (Friday 24 August) by lawyers at the coalface of personal injury law.

  • Funding gaps likely to be exacerbated by poor NDIS planning - ALA

    26th Jul 2012

    “Lack of structural detail for a National Disability Insurance Scheme will only exacerbate likely delays in rolling it out, following failure of all parties to agree on funding contributions at yesterday’s Council of Australian Governments meeting,” the Australian Lawyers Alliance said today.

  • Call for inquiry into impact of no-fault insurance schemes

    16th Jun 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry into no fault schemes and the impact of such schemes on the lives of injury victims, following the presentations of keynote speakers and panel experts at its SA Conference in Glenelg yesterday.

  • WorkCover mismanagement bodes ill for proposed insurance schemes

    5th Jun 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is concerned that the mismanagement, which has eroded NSW WorkCover making it financially unsustainable, may be replicated in other insurance models such as the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme and National Injury Insurance Scheme, unless greater transparency is adopted in government processes.

  • ALA welcomes NDIS initiative

    10th May 2012

    “The ALA today welcomes the Federal Government’s initial commitment to start funding the NDIS, but remains concerned regarding the long term financial sustainability of the scheme.”

  • Government using 'smoke and mirrors' policy to retain power

    13th Apr 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance is concerned the federal government is misleading vulnerable Australians in a bid to bolster re-election prospects and that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will not live up to its potential benefit to the community.

  • ALA concerned about erosion of rights

    27th Feb 2012

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance, SA President, Tony Kerin, today commented on Treasurer Jack Snelling’s remarks at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia conference held in Adelaide on February 24, 2012.