October | Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the NDIS by Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
PWDA members and clients have experienced numerous issues relating to the NDIS transitional arrangements. These issues include; gaps in supports, denial of funded support services or equipment, and inconsistent or inadequate plans. In some cases, these issues have been life threatening or are bringing individuals or families to crisis.
July | Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017
PWDA strongly urges the Committee to recommend that the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017 not be passed. The proposal to abolish the Energy Supplement is deeply unfair and will cause substantial financial pain to people in receipt of social security payments.
May | Submission to the NSW Department of Justice, Disability Justice Strategy
The over-representation of people with disability in the criminal justice system is, in large part, a consequence of the prevailing legal capacity framework in NSW. Not only are people with disability routinely denied the support to which they are entitled to navigate the criminal justice system, they are also excluded from prevention interventions and court proceedings because of perceptions of individual ‘capacity’.
March | Inquiry into the design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative
We strongly urge the Committee to recommend that the process be put on hold until Minister for Human Services and the Department have undertaken comprehensive consultation and review processes, including with people affected by the initiative, to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put in place.
March | Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper: Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse (DPOA)
March | Inquiry into Students with a disability or special needs in New South Wales schools
February | NSW Law Reform Commission Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 Question Paper 3: The role of guardians and financial managers
Supported decision making already occurs, often informally, through advocates, family and friends, and support workers. However, the current legal capacity framework does not recognise supported decision-making as a form of support that should be actively pursued, assessed for adequacy, and provided when needed.
February | NSW Law Reform Commission Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 Question Paper 2: Decision Making Models
This inquiry must not just tinker at the edges of the current system, but instead entirely reframe the concept of capacity in terms of decision making within the legislative and policy environment.
February | Towards an all abilities Queensland consultation paper
PWDA welcomes the Queensland Government’s consultation into the development of a new Queensland Disability Inclusion Plan – “Towards an All Abilities Queensland”. It is critical that during this period of transition, people with disability are at the centre of decision making and policy development – “nothing about us, without us”.
February | Submission to Consultation regarding a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme in Queensland
Our view on DV Disclosure Schemes in general remains consistent with the views expressed in that submission: that we recommend against the introduction of the DV Disclosure Scheme, but that if a Scheme is implemented, due consideration must be given to its potential impacts on people with disability.