Archive: Media Releases

Civil Society Statement: Call for Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse Against People with Disability

A broad range of organisations have expressed their support for the call for a Royal Commission into abuse and violence against people with disability. Over 160 civil society organisations and 380 individuals endorsed our Civil Society Statement to the Prime Minster calling for an immediate Royal Commission. The endorsed statement was forwarded to the Prime…

Media Release: Great NDIS and Job Support Wins, But Harsh Welfare Measures for People with Disability

WWDA and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes some big wins for people with disability in tonight’s Federal Government Budget, but is very concerned by the punitive approach to welfare support that will make life harder for those doing it tough, including people with disability. “We are extremely pleased to hear that an increase…

Disability Groups Call For Royal Commission Into Violence Against People With Disability

Tonight’s ABC Four Corners report, ‘Fighting the System’ exposed more evidence of the appalling levels of violence and abuse against people with disability in Australia.  This is only the tip of the iceberg. In light of the graphic and disturbing cases revealed this evening, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), calls on the Federal Government…

Disability Groups Stand Together Against Transport Cuts

The International Symbol of Access (white wheelchair symbol on blue background) painted on an asphalt car parking space.

“People with disability need more access to transport, not less” WWDA has joined with over 25 disability groups from across Australia to release a joint statement opposing cuts to vital transport funding for people with disability. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill 2016 will restrict access…

Media Release: Action urgently needed to stop violence against women with disability

Violence against women with disability occurs at alarming levels in Australia: at least twice the rate of other women. Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) calls for urgent action to address the human rights violation that is violence against women with disability. DPO Australia…

MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Cross Disability Alliance Applauds Senate’s call for Royal Commission into Violence Against People with Disability

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) welcomes the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s report and recommendations following its ‘Inquiry into Violence Against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings’, tabled late yesterday. The Senate Inquiry provided a vital platform for people with disability and their representative bodies to tell their stories and have their voices…

MEDIA RELEASE: White Flower Memorial: Remembering People with Disability Who Have Died as a Result of Violence, Abuse or Neglect

On 25 November 2015, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) is acknowledging International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by supporting a White Flower Memorial to remember people with disability who have died as a result of violence, abuse or neglect. The Memorial specifically recognises that women with disability experience higher levels of…

UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns About Human Rights Violations Against Australians with Disability

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 10 November 2015 UNITED NATIONS: Serious Concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Australians with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member…

Finalists for 2015 National Disability Awards Announced

International Day of People with Disability Logo

The Australian Government Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP today announced the selection of 27 finalists for the 2015 National Disability Awards. “The National Disability Awards have been set up to recognise the valuable contribution organisations and people make to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia,” Mr Porter said. “The…