December | Inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010
Our strong support over many years for the establishment of a national Commissioner for Children and Young People is based on our individual and systemic advocacy undertaken with and on behalf of children and young people with disability. PWD has highlighted this through submissions to national and State-based inquiries, through our election platforms, at meetings with Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats and in NGO Shadow Reports to UN Treaty bodies. It is within context that we provide the following submission on the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010.
August | Inquiry into services provided or funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care
PWD recommends that Stronger Together 2 and a revised Better Together must ensure there are mechanisms for enabling people with disability and their representative organisations can actively and equally participate in development, monitoring and review of laws, policies and programs and any other initiative that affects their lives.
August | Submission: Productivity Commission Inquiry into Long Term Disability Care and Support
The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme which will become the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This Submission uses the experience and strength of PWD to provide detailed recommendations on how specific aspects of the proposed long-term disability care and support scheme should work, and includes a methodology of how these recommendations came into being.
July | Public consultation on proposed Youth and Community Services Regulation
Currently no policy, procedure or guideline exists to provide guidance to the Licensees/Licensed Managers or staff of licensed boarding houses on the meaning and application of the YACS Act, licence conditions and Regulations, or on specific issues of best practice. This vacuum of information needs to be rectified immediately and must make clear how ADHC intends the licensed sector to interpret and use the policies currently listed on the ADHC website as ‘good practice in LRC’s as well as those mentioned in detail within this submission.
July | Stronger Together Consultation
This review of Stronger Together provides a timely opportunity to ensure that CRPD is the overarching framework for Stronger Together. Using the CRPD as a framework would provide surety that the NSW Government was meeting its human rights obligations in the provision of disability specialist services and supports, and would enable consistency with the national agenda.
July | Review of the National Standards for Disability Services
A primary purpose of the Standards and the Objectives and Principles of the Disability Services Act was to move towards a service system in which people with disability were at the centre and could access the elements of care and support they require to manage their own lives.
July | Summary Submission: Productivity Commission Inquiry on Disability Care and Support
The PWD position on the proposal for the delivery of a new disability care and support scheme that operates by directing resources at eligible individuals with disability will be articulated by a set of principles, which will also tie the proposed new scheme to Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the Optional Protocol of the CRPD, and reference specific articles of that Convention when assessing the types of outcomes that the new scheme must achieve.
February | Inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs
PWD welcomes the NSW Legislative Council’s General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 Inquiry into the Provision of Education for Students with a Disability or Special Needs. PWD will address some longstanding issues and concerns that PWD has about the NSW Education System for students with disability in the remainder of this letter.