Media Releases – 2013

18 December: Committment to deliver the NDIS
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment to delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in full, reconfirmed today by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.

18 November: Election produces vigorous disability reps
National elections have produced a strong Board for the national cross disability peak body People with Disability Australia (PWDA).

24 September: Grand Western Lodge Class Action against the State of NSW and Adrian Powell
Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action on behalf of more than 40 adults with intellectual and psychosocial disability who were residents of “licenced premises for handicapped people” in Millthorpe, NSW between 2000 and 2011. The action, lodged in the Federal Court of Australia, claims compensation for suffering, false imprisonment and financial losses.
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17 September: Coalition commitment to entitlement based scheme
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the appointment of The Hon Kevin Andrews MP to the position of Minister for Social Services, and of Senator Mitch Fifield to the position of Assistant Minister for Social Services (with responsibility for Disability and Aged Care).

9 September: We are ready to lift
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the election of the new Australian Government and offers our congratulations to the incoming Prime Minister, Mr Abbott.

11 August: Stop the Abuse
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has called for a coordinated national effort to stamp out violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability and improve access to the justice system.

4 August: WA in NDIS – Whole of Australia covered
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Rudd that Western Australia will sign up to DisabilityCare.

8 July : Australia, let’s get real with jobs
People with Disability Australia calls on Federal, State and Local Government, employers in business and the third sector to get real with jobs for people with disability with the launch of Getting Real on Jobs.

1 July : Myer needs to get on with the job
Today the national cross-disability peak body, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) called for Myer to stop shooting the messenger and start walking the talk on disability employment.

17 May : PWDA welcomes Coalition commitment to the NDIS
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the commitment by the Coalition to maintain the funding support for the NDIS (DisabilityCare) and ensure the scheme remains true to the principles of the Productivity Commission report.

14 May : NDIS fully funded in 2013 Federal budget
People with Disability Australia welcomes the Government’s commitment to lock in full funding for the NDIS through a commitment of $14.3 billion of new money over seven years to move to full implementation of the scheme by 1 July 2019.

8 May : PWDA congratulates Queensland Premier
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes today’s agreement between Prime Minister Gillard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman signing up to DisabilityCare Australia (previously known as the National Disability Insurance Scheme).

6 May : A message to Bernie Brooks, CEO of Myers
People with Disability Australia today calls on Myer to explain why they are refusing to engage with the Australian Human Rights Commission on employment of people with disability.

2 May : Historic day for the Australian Government
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes an historic day in Australian politics and the lives of people with disability.

2 May : NDIS Levy – Get agreement and bring it on
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed yesterday’s statements by the Prime Minister which suggest the Government would be prepared to bring legislation for an increase to the Medicare levy to fund DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), into Parliament before the election if there was bipartisan support.

1 May : PWDA welcomes NDIS funding levy announcement
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the announcement by the federal government of an  increase to the Medicare levy to fund DisabilityCare Australia, the National  Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

20 March : Your Say on DisabilityCare Censored
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) President Craig Wallace today questioned an apparent decision to remove responses and comments of people with disability, their families and friends from Your Say, the federal government’s online National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) forum.

14 March : Landmark disability discrimination decision
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) applaud the decision handed down today by the Federal Court in the case of PWDA member, Julia Haraksin’s three-year battle with Murrays Australia Ltd.