December | A National Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework Submission
PWDA has lifted its voice, urging the Australian Government to set measurable targets for its new National Disability Strategy (NDS) for the coming decade.
On behalf of our members, we wrote to Department of Social Services last Friday, 18 December 2020, urging it to set ambitious goals for the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 designed to implement Australia’s obligations under the international Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons (UN CRPD).
Our submission commented in depth on the government’s NDS and NDIS outcomes framework introductory paper Improving Outcomes for People with Disability under the National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
November 2020 | Submission to Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme
PWDA’s Redress team has been engaging with service providers to promote awareness of the National Redress Scheme and providing individual advocacy to clients wishing to engage with the scheme. Informed by our work in this area, our submission in response to the First Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme focuses on recommendations about issues impacting people with disability specifically, or disproportionately, including:
- lack of awareness among, and inadequate outreach services to, survivors with disability
- ableism pervading aspects of the Scheme and mainstream support services
- inadequate access to timely and effective counselling and psychological services, and
- arrangements impacting survivors’ legal capacity and decision-making about engagement with the scheme.
October | Submission In Response To The National Disability Strategy Position Paper: Stage 2 Consultations
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Australian Government’s Stage 2 Consultations for the National Disability Strategy.
October | Submission To Senate Inquiry Into The Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation Of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020
PWDA has long raised concerns about the Cashless Debit Card, and have opposed all forms of compulsory income management. Our concerns with any Bill before the Parliament to introduce compulsory income management flows from:
· The inadequate research and evaluation of its effectiveness
· How expensive such schemes are to administer
· How they do not deliver the intended outcomes for people in receipt of social security payments, and
· The multiple and specific negative impacts on people with disability.
We urge all income management must be opt-in, with appropriate oversight of decision-making and monitoring. Opt-in schemes must also review existing and envisaged conditions for eligibility to social assistance and unemployment benefits, and penalties for non-compliance, to ensure that all beneficiaries receive adequate benefits without discrimination.
June | No More Group Homes
In June this year, PWDA made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission, “Realising Our Right to Live Independently in the Community”. The submission highlighted the role of group homes, and other congregate living situations like boarding houses, in perpetuating violence and abuse committed against people with disability.
The NDIS was first announced in 2013, and was supposed to give people with disability freedom of choice when it came to our living situations and service providers. It’s been seven years and, and many people with disability still have service providers who provide both accommodation and essential supports and services. This makes it hard for many people with disability to have choices about their supports, particularly when they want to change.
PWDA Submission PDF
May 2020 | Submission On Proposed Changes to Victims Support Scheme
PWDA has been engaged in collaborative advocacy efforts in response to proposed changes to Victims Services processes. PWDA wrote to the Commissioner of Victims Rights to highlight specific challenges the changes will create for people with disability. PWDA expressed our concern that less survivors with disability will access justice and needed supports and compensation through the scheme if the changes are implemented. We urged Victims Services not to proceed as scheduled without an extended consultation process to develop survivor-led solutions