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Thousands of people with disability who work, or have worked, in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs, also known as ‘sheltered workshops’) may be entitled to a payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme.
PWDA has written a letter to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs re the Inquiry into the design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative. View the PDF.
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Catch up on the latest issue of PWDA News! Read what our President Bonnie Millen has to say about Four Corners' report on disability abuse, catch up on news from the Disabled Peoples Organisations and find out about the jobs we're hiring for - plus more! Read the latest issue here.
On Friday 7 April 2017, Brendan Pearce - PWDA board member - gave a speech at Ideation. Ideation was a National Youth Week event run by the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People and Multicultural NSW. Brendan spoke about diversity and inclusion in NSW.
PWDA is recruiting! We have two Advocate positions.
We are seeking two proactive self-starters to provide advocacy support to individuals or groups of individuals with disability, and their associates, to promote and protect their human, legal and service user rights in accordance with the National Standards for Disability Services.
Please click here for the full job description. Applications close at 10 am on Monday 24 April 2017. People with disability are encouraged to apply.
Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper: Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from AbuseWritten by PWDA Admin
We're hiring an Accessible Publications Officer!
PWDA is seeking a proactive self-starter to ensure that internal and external documents are accessible in accordance with the needs of diverse stakeholder groups.
Please click here for the full job description. Applications close at 10am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
People with disability are encouraged to apply.
A diverse partnership of over 25 representative organisations of people with disability, disability advocacy organisations, disability services and disability peak bodies have come together to call on Federal Senators to block the Mobility Allowance Bill that is currently before the Senate.
The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Federal Government to look at the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its costs. It is important for people with disability to have their say.
The latest issue of our newsletter is out now, with information about the decision not to hold a Royal Commission into violence and abuse of people with disability and our tribute to Joan Hume, OAM.
PWDA, as part of Disabled People's Organisations Australia, has co-signed a statement calling for the end of the Centrelink automated debt recovery.
The beginning of the statement, published on the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) website, says:
“A consortium of leading organisations from Australia’s community sector is calling on the government to immediately pull the plug on Centrelink’s RoboDebt, cease the intimidation and bullying of Centrelink clients and their families caught up in the automated debt recovery debacle, and provide a commitment that people’s protected information will not be publicly released.
Spokesperson for the group Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, says the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge must respond to people’s very real concerns about privacy, particularly with the opening of the Senate inquiry into Centrelink and the flawed RoboDebt scheme.”
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), an alliance of national peak groups of people with disability, strongly condemned the decision by the Federal Government to rule out a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.
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At this time of significant change within disability policy and service delivery in Australia, PWDA welcomes the Queensland Government’s consultation into the development of a new Queensland Disability Inclusion Plan – “Towards an All Abilities Queensland”. It is critical that during this period of transition, people with disability are at the centre of decision making and policy development – “nothing about us, without us”. This paper makes recommendations for the Queenland Government's Disability Plan.
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