For the final commentary, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) of Australia will be explored to discuss the reasons that why the scheme fails to provide a better protection for the people with disability so far.
With the great number of the people with disability (4.3 million), at 18% of all Australians, the concept that to enhance the quality of life of the people with significant disability was raised in 2010 by New South Wales Government and the NDIS began operating in July 2013 (Ndis.nsw.gov.au, 2018). Compared with the previous disability services, more quality and safeguarding, including disability supports, connection with community and customizing services, are provided by the NDIS for the people with disability as inclusion rather than integration in the society.
The NDIS has been involved more than 60,000 participants so far and expected to put into effect across NSW by 30 June 2018. However, several negative information and news related to NDIS was reported that around a third of participants are dissatisfied with the system and associated with understaffing, reducing investment and funding gap. There are also some queries that the emotional and psychological problems of the people with disability are complex to be solved. Therefore, the reasons that why the new system NDIS disappoints the participants are newsworthy associated with the conflict, timeliness and relevance for community. It is expected that the relevant information above also inspires the final commentary for the participants of interview and the questions.
Who will be interviewed
For the propose of profoundly and comprehensively gaining more qualitative description with respect to interpretation, face to face interviews should be paid significant attention in the field of research (Opdenakker, 2006). Therefore, to gain the reflections and perspectives of the people with disability and their families, face to face interviewing them is the most appropriate method. Furthermore, some knowledge and professional perspectives about the NDIS is also considered significantly to be included in the commentary. Interviewing some experts studying the system and relevant policies is necessary for the commentary. Michelle Blowes, who is studying the participants identify gays and solutions for NDIS would be a great interviewee.
For what publication service, who and why
As the rollout of the NDIS mainly in New South Wales, the commentary is proposed to publish in the national new service Crikey, which proposes to provide insight information of a wide range of aspects in Australia. As the stakeholders, the people with disability and their families may probably be attracted by the information about NDIS. In addition, many of Australian would also wonder commercial information about the NDIS because the NSW Government and the Commonwealth will increase the fund to more than $6 billion in 2018 (Ndis.nsw.gov.au, 2018), and the NDIS could owe more than $120 million in NSW.
In order to present the commentary about the NDIS and the people with disability comprehensively, the commentary seeks to be multimedia by employing text, hyperlink, video and infographics. Narrating the background story, linking official information, recording some useful part of the interview and the data infographics are the appropriate methods for the commentary. In this case, the extra information with the hypertext and links are provided the interactive experiences for the readers (Bradshaw, 2018a).
Bradshaw, P. (2018a). Code and Interactivity. In The online journalism handbook: skills to survive and thrive in the digital age (pp. 281–322). Routledge.
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Ndis.nsw.gov.au. (2018). History of the NDIS – NSW NDIS. [online] Available at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/about-ndis-nsw/history-of-the-ndis/ [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018].
Ndis.nsw.gov.au. (2018). Who is who in the NDIS. [online] Available at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Whos_Who_NDIS_Infographic_20180424.pdf [Accessed 26 Apr. 2018].
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