Issue 63 August 2010 - ISSN 2202-0705
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Inquiry into services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)
PWD recently made a submission to the Standing Committee on Social Issues Inquiry into services provided or funded by ADHC.
The Inquiry sought submissions from a range of stakeholders including people with a disability, their families and carers, disability and community organisations, health and allied health professionals service providers and suppliers. It is designed to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect and comment on the first five years of Stronger Together, the NSW Government’s 10 year plan for disability services, and raise issues and recommendations, which will hopefully influence planning and strengthen funding arguments to be made to NSW Treasury.
PWD’s submission made reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in its responses to the Terms of Reference and provided broad recommendations that reflect the rights contained in CRPD.
Some of the key recommendations made by PWD in our submission include that:
CRPD be the overarching framework for Stronger Together 2;
Stronger Together 2 focus on providing funding directly to people with disability who are currently deemed ‘higher functioning’, low priority or who have complex needs, so they can obtain, control and direct the supports they need without going into crisis;
Stronger Together 2 includes an appropriate strategy for residents of licensed boarding house for ensuring their human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled along with their peers in the disability service system;
People with disability decide which supports and service locations are suitable for their individual circumstances;
Stronger Together 2 focus on providing funding directly to people with disability, so they can obtain, control and direct the supports they need without going into crisis;
ADHC focus on developing individualised funding and self-directed support options in partnership with people with disability, and their families to respond to the needs of people with disability who currently fall through the gaps in the service systems.
The NSW Government fulfil its CRPD obligations by ensuring that Stronger Together 2 reverses the shift to institutional accommodation options, and take the lead in developing housing and support options that enable genuine community living that protects and preserves human dignity.
ADHC take the lead in developing a NSW Government abuse and neglect prevention framework to address abuse and neglect of people with disability.
Specific NSW legislation be
enacted to regulate the use of restrictive practices. This legislation should apply in all
situations (that is, in situations of
Stronger Together 2 and a revised Better Together must ensure there are mechanisms for enabling people with disability and their representative organisations can actively and equally participate in development, monitoring and review of laws, policies and programs and any other initiative that affects their lives.
PWD recently endorsed the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre (DDLC)’s submission to the Guardianship Tribunal regarding the proposed making of the Guardianship Regulation 2010.
The submission included two responses with respect to the scope and content of the regulation, looking at concerns around Clause 9, Protection from abusive behaviour management practices and Clause 10, Experimental medical treatment.
The letter was also highly critical of the regulation making process that is associated with the proposed regulation and the manner in which the consultation materials and processes failed to be truly inclusive of people with disability.
For more information contact
PWD encourages members and associates to attend this symposium, in which policy makers, service providers, researchers, consumers and interested individuals can share knowledge and experiences in promoting the inclusion of gender and disability.
It will take place from 9am – 4:30pm, Friday 15 October at the Flinders Campus in the City, 182 Tarndanyangga / Victoria Square, Adelaide.
Speakers include Kelly Vincent (Dignity for Disability, Member of the SA Legislative Council); Dr Lorna Hallahan (Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University; Member, SA Social Inclusion Board; Chair, SA Minister's Disability Advisory Council; and Deputy Chair, National People with Disability and Carer Council); Sue Salthouse (President, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA); Keran Howe (Executive Officer, Victorian Women with Disabilities Network); Margie Charlesworth (Vice President Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Inc; and AusAID Australian Leadership Fellows, including leadership fellows from the Vietnam Women’s Union, China Disabled Persons’ Federation and Indonesia Disabled People’s Association.
Participants must register by Friday 24 September 2010. If anyone requires the flyer or registration form in an alternative format please contact Genevieve Chaffey at firstname.lastname@example.org
PWD is pleased by the
announcement by the Hon. Lara Giddings MP of a project to examine models for
a Human Rights Charter for
The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute also conducted a community consultation project in relation to human rights protection in 2006 and 2007. That consultation found strong support amongst respondents for stronger human rights protection in Tasmania. More particularly it found there was strong support for a charter of rights approach.
A charter will act as a statement about the values and principles of the community, and introduce standards to ensure that human rights are a priority for the government when making laws and decisions.
Key Project Dates:
September 2010 - Release of Directions Paper
October/November 2010 - Consultation with the Tasmanian community
March 2011 - Release of Draft Human Rights Charter Bill
March/April 2011 - Consultation with the Tasmanian community
Mid 2011 - Introduction of Final Human Rights Charter Bill to Tasmanian Parliament
PWD encourages all members in Tasmania to participate in the consultation process and provide comment on a model for a Human Rights Charter for Tasmania. It will be important to have a strong voice about the rights of people with disability and the inclusion of CRPD rights in any Charter. A Bill will be developed following that consultation and will also be released for further comment.
The starting point for
the project will include the work undertaken by the Tasmanian Law Reform
Institute (TLRI) in 2007. The TLRI report, Paper Number 10 - A charter of
rights for Tasmania, followed lengthy consultations and was based on over 350
The project team can be contacted with issues or enquiries at any stage during the project by emailing Dale Webster, Project Manager at: email@example.com
PWD encourages all members and supporters in South Australia to participate in the South Australian Social Inclusion Initiative – Activating Citizenship Disability Survey.
The South Australian Social Inclusion Initiative aims to assist in the creation of a society where all people feel valued, their differences are respected and their basic needs - both physical and emotional - are met.
This survey aims to help the Social Inclusion Board to understand the views of people with disability, their families and carers.
The feedback from the survey will help the Social Inclusion Board to make recommendations to the Government of South Australia on ways to improve the lives of South Australians with disability.
If you wish to take part, PWD encourages you to access the survey and download the discussion paper from www.socialinclusion.sa.gov.au.
Submissions close on Monday, September 25.
The draft 10-year plan
for supporting Queenslanders with a disability has been developed in response
to what people with a disability and those who advocate for them have been
saying for a long time. It incorporates a vision about what
People with a disability, families and carers, service providers, businesses, the community, government and corporate partners are encouraged to get involved by providing feedback on the draft 10-Year Plan for Supporting Queenslanders with a Disability now.
The draft 10-Year Plan sets out strategies and ideas for creating communities where everyone has equitable access to public spaces, transport, services, employment, education and sport as well as artistic and cultural activities.
The Queensland Government is asking for any input to help create a state that welcomes and includes people with a disability in all aspects of the community.
here if you would like to provide feedback on the Queensland 10 Year Draft
The City of Perth is currently reviewing its DAIP and invites people with disabilities, families, carers and other interested members of the community to have a say in the community consultation.
People can take part in a number of ways including written and online surveys, and by phone, fax or email. There is also the opportunity for focus groups if a few people would like to get together and speak to the consultant.
Written surveys are available at:
Council House (Customer Service Desk) 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Forrest Place Information Kiosk, Murray Street Mall
Citiplace Community Centre, Upper Level Concourse, Perth Central Railway Station
Citiplace Rest Centre, Upper Level Concourse, Perth Central Railway Station
Citiplace Child Care, corner Wellington and Barrack Streets, Perth
The City of Perth Library, Hay Street, Perth
To have your say or for
An on-line survey is also available on the City of Perth website www.cityofperth.wa.gov.au under Universal Access section.
Consultation closing date: 15 September 2010
Previous editions of
E-Bulletin have highlighted the work PWD is doing, along with other
disability peaks, to
PWD’s final submission
to the Productivity Commission has now been completed and is
available on the Commission’s website.
In addition PWD has taken a leading role in the coordination and writing of the submission made by In Control Australia, which focuses predominantly on the mechanism of individualised funding to ensure that the new system is implemented utilising self-directed supports. This too has been submitted to the Productivity Commission.
The process now moves into the phase wherein the Productivity Commission considers the very many submissions it has received, as well as the transcripts from the Hearings it has conducted, and formulates a draft report, which is due in February 2011. During this phase PWD will continue to consult with its members about the detail of how a new scheme will be funded and delivered, with a view to providing detailed commentary back to the Commission following distribution of the draft report.
In the election
E-Bulletin we provided links to the PWD election platform, links to all the
major parties and their policies relating to disability;
As this election was so close, it won’t be clear for some time what will now happen in Federal Government. With a number of seats yet to be decided, the final result will be probably be determined by the unusually high number of postal and pre-poll votes recorded in this election.
The counting of postal votes also cannot be finalised until 13 days after Election Day or 3 September 2010.
The current situation is that the election has resulted in a hung House of Representatives. This is the first time this has happened since 1940.
In order to form a minority government there needs to be a majority in the 150-seat House of Representatives to guarantee survival of a non-confidence motion (i.e. 76 votes). A minority government can continue as long as it can maintain the confidence of the House.
At the moment, both Labor and the Coalition parties are in discussions with the four Independents to see if either can form Government.
If you would like to know more about these processes, click here to read more detailed information on hung parliaments at the Hawker Britton website. Hawker Britton is an organisation which provides campaigning and communications support to the Labor Party. They also provide government relations advice to all sorts of organisations and business.
PWD recently made a submission to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) on their National Disability Advocacy Framework.
In the submission, PWD welcomed FaHCSIA’s use of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a guiding document for developing a Framework that aims to strengthen advocacy.
However, PWD also highlighted that specific details of strategies are not contained in the draft National Disability Strategy and in some areas there are no comprehensive actions that address key concerns of people with disability.
PWD made a number of recommendations about how to improve and strengthen the Framework, including:
The need for the Framework to include specific provisions related to women with disability and children with disability. CRPD articles 6 and 7 outline the rights of women with disability and children with disability and they are two of the general obligations that must be considered with respect to every other CRPD article. By including specific outcomes, principles and outputs relating to women and children with disability this would ensure the National Disability Advocacy Program recognises these general obligations.
The need for the Framework to include specific provisions related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and people with disability form culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. While CRPD does not contain specific articles in relation to these population groups, it does recognise them in its Preamble ie:
“the difficult conditions faced by persons with disabilities who are subject to multiple or aggravated forms of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic, indigenous or social origin, property, birth, age or other status”.
The need for the Framework to articulate advocacy practice will need to be fearless when confronted by conflicts of interest. Currently, the Framework talks positively about the relationship between advocacy and governments (9 g); and about positive contributions to legislation, policy and practice (10 e). This suggests advocacy will always align with government views and directions, which is clearly not the case. PWD certainly supports positive contributions to government work and positive relationships with government, but this is not always possible when government policy and directions may not be in accord with human rights principles, such as those articulated in CRPD.
The need for the Framework to ensure the term ‘services’ is not be linked with the word ‘advocacy’, such as is the case in the Introduction at point 2. Linking these terms together – ‘advocacy services’ – confuses discussion relating to the need for advocacy to be independent of service provision.
For more information contact
PWD supports the move by PWD member Julie Haraskin to take a bus company - Murrays Coaches, Buses & Limousines - to court after it refused to take her from Sydney to Canberra. This is a violation of the Disability Discrimination Act.
The story hit the media on20 August 2010, for which PWD was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald -
Bus firm sued over refusal of wheelchair – Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 2010 by Andrew West
A LANDMARK case that could broaden the rights of commuters with disabilities across Australia has begun in the Federal Court.
Julie Haraksin, who uses a wheelchair, has taken a bus company - Murrays Coaches, Buses & Limousines - to court after it refused to take her from Sydney to Canberra.
The standard required 25 per cent of bus fleets to be wheelchair accessible by the end of 2007. It now requires all new buses to be wheelchair accessible.
The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund (ADIPEF) is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.
For many people with disabilities from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds, education can go a long way to not only developing their skills but also their self esteem and the pride of their family, friends and community.
The ADIPEF knows that a small financial grant will enable many people to undertake a course. This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants.
Grant applications for education & learning assistance from the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund are now open. Visit the website at www.adipef.org.au and download application form.
Applications are open until 30 September 2010.
The All Abilities ePlayground www.allabilitiesplayground.net.au is an initiative of the Gold Coast City Council supported by the Department of Communities (Disability Services) and created by Sonokids Australia, an international non-profit organisation developing technology for people with disability.
The All Abilities ePlayground reflects the values and aims of 17 outdoor all abilities playgrounds funded by the Queensland Government across the state, including 16 created as part of the ground-breaking Queensland All Abilities Playground Project - enabling participation in play.
It was developed to create a way for children to visit an all abilities playground from anywhere - making them more accessible than ever. After a visit to an outdoor all abilities playground, children can also enjoy playing a game that reminds them of their “real world” experience.
It has memory-improvement games and an activity allowing children to create their own music are two of the games in a new free online play environment for children with disability.
PWD wishes to alert all members about the need to lodge their tax during tax time, to avoid receiving a fine.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) offers a range of free products in alternative formats to assist Australians with disability during tax time.
E-tax – the ATO’s free tax preparation and lodgement service - is compatible with screen reader software and is available to download from www.ato.gov.au/etax
Australians can also lodge their tax returns in paper by picking up TaxPack and TaxPack 2010 supplement from ATO shopfronts and newsagents. TaxPack is also available on CD in audio format, on disk in DAISY and e-text suitable for use with screen reader softwares.
Tax Help is available to assist low income earners in completing their tax returns. It is a free and confidential.
Tax Help is available from July to October, in all capital cities and several country towns across Australia.
PWD is participating in
the United Nations Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) Conference on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with specific focus on ‘Advancing Global
Health’. The Conference is being
coordinated by the UN’s Department of Public Information and is being held in
The MDGs are an internationally agreed set of goals for countries to achieve in order to eliminate poverty. It is now recognised that the MDGs cannot be achieved without the inclusion of people with disability within actions and programs. PWD will be raising a number of issues during the Conference in relation to the inclusion of people with disability, capacity building of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and the importance of focusing on realising rights for people with disability as key to social and economic development.
The Aboriginal Disability Network is participating as part of the PWD delegation to ensure that the issues and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are also represented.
For more information
The third session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP3) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be held from 1-3 September 2010 in New York. Prior to the Conference, a Civil Society Forum will be held on 31 August 2010 from 3 to 6 pm and coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
Information on the
theme of COSP3, official and
PWD is extremely pleased with the Concluding Comments issued by the UN CEDAW Committee to the Australian Government following its review of Australia’s progress in CEDAW implementation.
Enshrined within CEDAW are the key principles of equality and an agenda for national action to end discrimination against women. It is based on the belief that basic human rights include true equality of men and women.
As a signatory to the Convention, Australia regularly reports to the Committee on both the measures the Government has taken to comply with its obligations under the Convention and on ongoing challenges. The Australian Government appeared before the Committee today in July 2010.
An Australian NGO
delegation also participated in the review process by making a statement to
the Committee and lobbying Committee members on key issues for women in
PWD has been involved in the CEDAW NGO Shadow Reporting process since 2003, providing comprehensive drafting of Shadow Reports and participating on the NGO delegation in 2006. For this review process, WWDA contributed a separate submission on the situation of women with disability along with the NGO Shadow Report. As a result, issues facing people with disability, and women with disability in particular, were well covered in these reports.
We congratulate the CEDAW Committee for taking note of the input provided by PWD and WWDA, and for making very strong recommendations, contained in the Concluding Comments regarding the need for urgent action by the Australian Government in relation to women with disability. The Concluding Comments include:
The Committee is concerned that women with disability are almost entirely absent from key leadership and decision-making positions and continue to be disadvantaged with regard to educational and employment opportunities.
It is concerned about the high levels of violence experienced by women, particularly those living in institutions or supported accommodation.
It is concerned that
non-therapeutic sterilizations of women and girls with disability continue to
be practiced in some states in
In light of the Australian Government’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Committee recommends :
the Australian Government undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the situation of women with disability in Australia;
addresses, as a matter of priority, the abuse and violence experienced by women with disability living in institutions or supported accommodation;
adopts urgent measures to ensure that women with disability are better represented in decision-making and leadership positions, including through the adoption of temporary special measures such as quotas and targets, in accordance with article 4, paragraph 1 of the Convention and the Committee’s general recommendation No. 25;
enacts national legislation
prohibiting, except where there is a serious threat to life or health, the
use of sterilisation of girls, regardless of whether they have a disability,
and of adult women with disability in the absence of their fully
For more information contact Therese Sands, Executive Director, Leadership Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the contacts listed at the end of this e-bulletin.
Robert was born in
In the 1980's Robert became President of Little Peoples Association of Australia and featured in two 60 Minutes programmes on the topic.
Robert's work with the
Advisory Committee of the Lord Mayor of
Robert was heavily involved with the Handicapped Persons' Alliance and deputy chairman of Disabled Persons International (DPI), which led him into becoming a member of PWD in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP). Robert worked tirelessly advocating for the rights of people with disability without any regard for his own well-being. He also wrote his autobiography called 'In Over My Head', which unfortunately was never published.
In December 2007 Robert suffered a severe stroke, which paralysed him on his right side and took away his ability to speak.
In late July 2010 Robert contracted an infection which developed to pneumonia and led to his passing in the early hours of 3rd August 2010.
Robert was a crusader for Disability Rights, and we at PWD salute his endurance, tenacity, and his resilience and input to the Disability Sector as a whole.
PWD will be hosting a Members’ Event in Sydney on Friday 10 September 2010 to introduce our new regional advocacy staff to the membership. If you have read the recent LinkUp you will know that PWD now has three regional individual advocacy offices in NSW and four in QLD. This event will enable members to find out more about the regional network.
The Event will also launch a new “Disability Rights Defender” membership strategy that will provide another opportunity for members to assist the work of PWD.
It will be a great opportunity for members to learn about PWD’s current directions and see how the organisation is expanding to include people from all over the country.
Our MC (Master of Ceremonies) for this event will be the popular presenter, disability rights activist and PWD Associate Member, Julie McCrossin.
Invitations will be shortly going out to all members, encouraging them to attend this event.
The first year of the Complaints Resolution and Referral Service (CRRS) and National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline contract recently came to a close. PWD was contracted to provide the services for a two-year period, with the possibility of a one year extension.
Future events are now
being planned to strengthen connections in communities in which PWD provides
services. In late September, Hotline staff will travel to our new Mt Isa
service to forge relationships with local services and Aboriginal communities
The Hotline is also
developing a strategy to provide better services to Aboriginal people. Last
month, CRRS/Hotline Director, Michael Bleasdale made an extended visit of the
12 month fixed term contract
The Research Officer will support the coordinated planning, implementation and dissemination of research on disability inclusive road infrastructure in PNG. We are seeking expressions of interest from applicants with the following experience:
Postgraduate qualifications in development, disability or a relevant field, with a strong research component.
Background in a disability or social research related fields.
Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing research activities, including planning community consultations, training data collectors, and knowledge of participatory qualitative and quantitative methodologies (e.g. surveys and group discussions).
Experience in working in
collaborative partnerships with organisations, universities
Experience conducting participatory research with people with disabilities and Disabled People’s Organisations is highly desirable.
Ability to work as a member of a team, as well as the ability to work in a self-directed manner.
Excellent writing, computer skills including MS Office and fluency in English.
The position will be
situated at the
To apply for this position please email your current CV with a brief statement about your ability to meet the key skills required to Dr.P.R.Karthikeyan at email@example.com Please do not send copies of certificates, these will be requested from the successful applicant.
People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CLOSING DATE: Thursday 2nd September 2010
Would you like to volunteer overseas?
You are invited to apply for a Disability international volunteering assignment through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD). The AYAD Program is currently advertising 19 Disability assignments which give people like you the chance to share your skills and experiences with communities in developing countries.
Each year the AYAD
Program sends 400 young Australians (18-30) on short term volunteer
assignments (3 to 12 month) in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. The assignments
are fully funded by the Australian Government through AusAID and are an
important part of
Click here to view the volunteering assignments. Search within that page by selecting the ‘sub-section’ of Disability.
Applications close Friday 10th September.
7 September (Melbourne) ): Expert Group Meeting on Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW to Address Violations of Women’s Rights in Australia
14 September (Sydney): Expert Group Meeting on Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW to Address Violations of Women’s Rights in Australia
14th March-17th March 2011 (Auckland, New Zealand): Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) Regional Conference on Disability 2011. Theme – “Promoting actions on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the Pacific Region.” www.pacificdisability.org
4-6 November, Parramatta (NSW): International Human Rights Education Conference "Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue" www.humanrightseducationconference2010.com.au
13-15 November, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Asia Pacific CBR Convention 2010 www.apcbrconvention.cbrnetworkmalaysia.org
The theme of the 2010 CBR Convention in Kuala Lumpur is Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Introduction of ‘The New CBR Guideline’. It is designed to give all participants the opportunity to use the new guideline, set by WHO, ILO and UNICEF, to further enhance our work on the ground. The Convention will continue the discussion about how we – as individuals and as members of an interconnected world – can be involved in ensuring that everyone plays a leading role in creating an inclusive and sustainable development for CBR.
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is people with disability and organisations made up of people with disability. Individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement can join PWD as associate members.
PWD was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus and represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.
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