Submissions Archive – 2021

August 2021 | Submission to the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the National Redress Scheme

More people with disability need to know about the National Redress Scheme to access the scheme. People with disability in hard-to-reach settings, and those with communication barriers, are particularly not engaging with the scheme. Evidentiary standards applied by the scheme may also unfairly disadvantage people within hard-to-reach settings.

All recommendations of the Final Report of the second year of the review National Redress Scheme need to be implemented

August 2021 | Submission to the
Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension

The supports made available to people with disability in this country are bare and being stripped back. This does not have to be the case. It is a choice. Australia’s social security system should be designed to ensure that every person who relies on it is supported to advance their life. Currently, the Disability Support Pension (DSP) does not do this. Instead it is part of a structure that actively disables us further.

August 2021 | Submission to the Department of Social Services’ Review of the Disability Support Pension Impairment Tables

Changes introduced to the Disability Support Pension (DSP) from 2011 were made to focus on a person’s capacity to work, reducing the significance of our condition in the assessment process and diminishing our value to our productive potential in the workforce, rather than people who deserve care and support.

July 2021 | We Belong Here: Our Nation Must End Exclusionary Systems that Harm People with Disability.

People with Disability Australia’s submission We Belong Here: Our Nation Must End Exclusionary Systems that Harm People with Disability was made in response to the Promoting Inclusion Issues Paper released by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission) in December 2020.

PWDA’s July 2021 submission argues that authentic inclusion must include ending the exclusion people with disability face in everyday life on Australia’s shores.

April 2021 | Submission to the Joint Standing Committee’s Inquiry into Independent Assessments

PWDA made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee’s Inquiry into the Independent Assessments.

PWDA holds significant concerns about the Federal Government’s planned changes to how people with disability will access the NDIS and how they will receive support.

Independent assessments will not resolve the current problems with the NDIS. Alongside the new process for determining individual plans and budgets, independent assessments may actually compound existing problems or even create new unintended ones.

While we all want greater consistency, we are very concerned this increasingly automated process will not adequately consider individual need and circumstance. Instead independent assessments will fundamentally alter the individualised and personalised nature of the NDIS.

Independent assessments have not been rigorously tested or undergone an independent evaluation. Consultation has been rushed and the questions and concerns of people with disability, their families and the organisations that support and represent them have not been addressed.

March 2021 | Submission to Consultation on Victims Services Changes

PWDA made a submission to the Victims Services’ review of changes to its processes implemented in July 2020. We are concerned these changes have shifted much of the onus to survivors to engage with the scheme independently, without adequate assistance from Victims Services staff. PWDA raised particular issues with revised processes for choosing a counsellor, which in our view do not address existing barriers to survivors with disability gaining timely access to appropriately trained counsellors of their choice.

PWDA recommended that the review materials be referred to an upcoming 3 yearly statutory, which can consider the need for comprehensive service delivery improvements and must report to Parliament.

January | #EndSegregation For People With Disability

PWDA wants the Disability Royal Commission to help stop the practice of segregating people with disability from the community.

People with Disability Australia is among over 60 organisations and more than 290 people to urge the Disability Royal to #EndSegregation.

We want the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability to fully investigate the negative impacts of segregation on disabled people.

PWDA Position Paper