Media Releases – 2014

12 December : We need more jobs not more doctors

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is shocked at the announcement by Minister Andrews today that from 1 January 2015, only government contracted doctors will assess new DSP claims.

8 December : Vale Stella Young – strong & proud disability activist

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) expresses our shock and sadness at the passing of well-loved disability activist, Stella Young, and sends our heartfelt condolences to Stella’s family and friends.

3 December : International Day of People with Disability: NACLC and PWDA welcome shift to supported decision-making

On the International Day of People with Disability, the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcome the recent Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Report, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws.

28 November: NDIS SCORECARD: Participants to shape the verdict

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is launching an innovative Citizens’ Jury process to provide the Australian community with the first user-led national scorecard which is formed, assessed and delivered by Australians who have helped fund this scheme and those who have direct experience as participants within the seven trial sites.

25 November: National Peak Disability and Advocacy Organisations applaud Senate Vote to Block BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill 2014

National Peak Disability Consumer and Advocacy Organisations applaud the Senate vote to block the passing of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme Bill 2014.

25 November: Urgent Call for National Inquiry: End violence against people with disability in institutions

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are outraged at the events that were portrayed in last night’s ABC 4 Corners program, ABC 4 Corners program, In Our Care.

13 October: Poverty: The reality of the DSP

Poverty data contained in a new report released by the Australia Council of Social Services (ACOSS) paints a grim picture for people with disability in Australia.

2 October: Welfare cuts target young people with disability

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is angered that budget saving measures will disproportionately impact people with disability yet again.

27 August: People with Disability Australia joins call to reject harsh budget measures

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) joins the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and representatives from across the community sector in Canberra today to call on our elected representatives to protect those living on income support from harsh measures proposed in this year’s budget.

25 August: Joint Media Release: Disability advocates call on Senate to stop Bill stripping wages from workers with intellectual disability

Today, four national peak disability groups will join with the AED Legal Centre and more than 30 community disability organisations to launch an open letter calling on politicians from all parties to vote against a bill to extinguish the legal rights of up to 10,500 Australian workers with intellectual disability. Some of these workers earn less than $1 an hour.

8 August: Joint Media Release: NGO’s urge banks to meet consumers’ needs and end discriminatory practices

Human-rights focused NGOs have joined forces to call on banks to retain sign-only debit and credit cards for the small number of Australian consumers who need them.

4 July: Graeme Innes – Australians with disability say thank you

Today People with Disability Australia (PWDA) fondly farewells Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Graeme Innes AM from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

4 July: People with disability need extension to Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) supports the call for the Attorney-General, Senator the Honourable George Brandis, to extend the time to conduct the Royal Commission.

18 May: NSW Budget: mixed results for people with disability

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the NSW Government’s budget commitment of $2.9 billion for ageing and disability services, including substantial funding that will support people with disability to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

13 May: BUDGET 2014: A mixed bag for disability

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed the Budget announcement that the Federal Government intends to roll out the NDIS on time and in full. However, PWDA expressed concerns that thousands under the age of 35 on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) will be medically reassessed and may be moved onto Newstart or Youth Allowance, along with changes to indexation to the DSP that will erode the safety net over time.

1 May: NDIS delay: unacceptable

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) opposes any delay to the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We hold grave concerns about the Government’s commitment to the scheme after a delay was recommended in today’s Commission of Audit report. President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace said, “The scheme is already being rolled out over seven years. Delaying it further will plunge people with disability and service providers into a no man’s land of uncertainty well into the next decade.”

30 April: Australian Human Rights Commission supports continued discrimination of employees with disability (JOINT MEDIA RELEASE)

National peak disability and advocacy groups condemn the decision by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to allow the Australian Government and sheltered workshops (also known as Australian Disability Enterprises or ‘ADEs’) to continue to discriminate against employees with disability.

22 April: No broken promises – Get Real on Jobs for people with disability

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) calls on the Abbott Government to
honour its election promise to make no changes to pensions in the upcoming federal budget, including the Disability Support Pension (DSP). We urge the Government to work in partnership with people with disability and their representative organisations to address the jobs crisis and the reality of poverty and disability.

21 March: Deliver NDIS on time and get it right

The national peak cross-disability body People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has urged the Australian Government to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on time while investing the effort needed to get it right.

15 January: Economic loss acknowledged but discrimination continues

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the recognition by the Commonwealth that people with intellectual disability who have been paid according to the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) have experienced economic loss.