Australia currently ranks 26 out of 27 OECD countries for the percentage of people with disability living in poverty. Our accumulated short comings mean that 45% of people with disability in Australia live near or below the poverty line. Many measures contained in recent budgets disproportionately affected people on low incomes, including people with disability. The National Disability Strategy is the mechanism under which Australian Governments at all levels are progressively implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The PWDA submission to the 2016 budget strongly supports the retention of a Medicare Levy to fully fund the NDIS, avoiding welfare cuts to vulnerable groups.
PWDA Submission – PDF or Word document