Submission Archive – 2013

October | PWDA Submission regarding DSS application for exemption in relation to the use of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT)

PWDA welcomed the decision of the Federal Court in Nojin & Prior v Commonwealth [2012] FCAFC 192 in December 2012, and the recent supportive ruling of the High Court in May 2013.  Ending use of the BSWAT as soon as possible would send a clear message that ALL workers in Australia have the right to enjoy equal pay for work of equal value.

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August | PWDA Submission to Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability

The questions used in the Forum address issues raised by the Access to Justice Issues Paper published by the Commission in April 2013.  This submission is a response to the call for submissions to the Access to Justice Listening Tour conducted by the Disability Discrimination Commissioner through July 2013.

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April | PWDA Submission on the Draft Boarding House Regulation 2013 and associated Regulatory Impact Statement

PWDA is a long standing member of the Family and Community Services – Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Boarding House Expert Advisory Group (BHEAG), providing regular feedback to the Minister for Disability Services and ADHC with regard to policy developments relating to the licensed boarding house sector and associated Boarding House Reform Program (BHRP). PWDA continues to stand by its objections to the Boarding House Act 2012 and formulation of any supporting Regulation which promotes and condones congregate, institutional accommodation and support in exploitative, ‘for profit’ models of accommodation for people with disability.

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March | PWDA Submission to the Inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia

For over twenty years, PWDA has been advocating domestically and internationally against involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disability, and seeking legislative, policy and practice reforms that would prohibit this egregious form of human rights abuse.  PWDA’s work is very much grounded in reality – the real views, concerns and issues of our members and the people with disability we work with in our advocacy and training programs. These views, concerns and issues are reflected in this submission.

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March | PWDA Submission regarding the Exposure Draft Boarding Houses Bill 2012

In formulating this submission PWDA has consulted with a range of stakeholders including the New South Wales Council of Social Services (NCOSS), Local Government and Shires Association, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID), Tenant’s Union of NSW (TU), Australian Centre for Disability Law, City of Sydney, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), NSW Consumer Advisory Group. University of Western Sydney, UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families as well as people with disability who have experience living as a resident of the Boarding House sector.

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March | PWDA Submission regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Rules Consultation Paper

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is pleased to provide comments on the Rules Consultation Paper.  However, we, along with our Members, are disappointed that this Paper did not provide significantly more information and clarity on the proposed content of the Rules, making meaningful engagement on the content problematic and targeted feedback challenging to gather.  Despite this, an online forum hosted by Members and supporters of PWD contributed over 300 comments.

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February | PWDA Submission to NSW Government Discussion Paper on the Reform of the NSW  Disability Services Act 1987

This submission comments on the proposed reform of the NSW Disability Services Act (DSA) 1997, and supports the consolidation of laws regarding support for people with disability in NSW into one piece of legislation. It is critical that a reformed DSA must at least work in harmony with the NDIS and provide the same level of human rights standards as the current DSA, and at best surpass the quality, accessibility and human rights standards outlined in the NDIS.

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February | Improving the Employment Participation of People with Disability in Australia

More than 450 comments were received during the consultation exercise providing evidence base for the submission and reflecting the high interest and importance of employment issues in the lives of many PWDA members and affiliates.  The key themes which emerged from the discussion are detailed within, and a number of representative comments have been included in this submission at Attachment A.  This paper also forms our response to the Issues Paper Employment Services – Building on Success.

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January | Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee: The National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

The majority of comments made in this submission reflect concern at provisions that run counter to the enjoyment of human rights by people with disability, or highlight improvements that could be made in order to maximise the enjoyment of rights of people with disability on an equal basis with others.

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