Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2001 – 2005


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and other Measures) Bill 2005 and the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work) Bill 2005 (November 2005)
This paper is WWDA’s Submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry into the welfare to work Bills. WWDA’s Submission contends that the long, and by no means exhaustive, list of changes necessary to make the Welfare to Work legislation workable for women with disabilities, (and enable the Bills to bring about the Government’s stated aims of reducing the dependency of women with disabilities on welfare supports, and increasing their ability to contribute to superannuation and therefore to their living costs into their retirement), indicates that the legislation will fail in its aims, and in the process will do irreparable harm to large numbers of women with disabilities who will be trapped in situations of permanent unemployment at rates which put their income substantially below any measure of a ‘poverty line’. Copyright WWDA 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Women With Disabilities – Still ‘At A Loss’ – By Sue Salthouse (November 2005)
Paper written and presented by Sue Salthouse on behalf of WWDA at the ‘What Women Want’ Workshop – A Workshop to Examine the Legislation to Enact the Federal Government’s Proposal for Reform of Industrial Relations and its Welfare-to-Work Strategy; Friday 11 November 2005; Pilgrim House Conference Centre, 69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra. Copyright 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘The Puppetry of Poverty’ – By Sue Salthouse (November 2005)
A Paper written and presented by Sue Salthouse on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) at the ‘Fair Go Going Gone? Public Policy and the Re-framing of Values’ Conference; QV Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne; 4-5 November 2005. Copyright 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Jumping through Hoops’ – Welfare and Industrial Relations Reform implications for women with disabilities – By Sue Salthouse (July 2005)
A Paper written and presented by Sue Salthouse on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) at the ‘What Women Want’ Workshop – A Workshop on the Effect of the Federal Government’s Recent Policy Changes on Women of Working Age. 12 July 2005, Pilgrim House Conference Centre, Canberra. Copyright 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) National Inquiry into Employment and Disability (April 2005)
In March 2005, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) announced that over the course of 2005, it would conduct a public inquiry on the issues that affect equal opportunity in employment for people with disabilities in Australia. The aim of the Inquiry is to identify the reasons for the disadvantages faced by people with disabilities in the open workplace and to work towards practical, achievable solutions. This document is WWDA’s response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) request for public submissions to the National Inquiry into Disability and Employment. Copyright WWDA April 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Welfare Reform Consultation Paper ‘Building a Simpler System to Help Jobless Families and Individuals’ (June 2003)
In December 2002, Senator Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Family and Community Services and the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations released the Commonwealth Government’s consultation paper, ‘Building a Simpler System to Help Jobless Families and Individuals’. The Paper is based on the McClure recommendations around a simpler income support system that is “more responsive to individual needs, circumstances and aspirations and that improves incentives to work” (Participation Support for a More Equitable Society, Final Report, July 2000). The Consultation Paper sets out some basic assumptions, objectives and design principles and asks 13 questions about the possible design of a new income support system for people of workforce age. This document is WWDA’s response to the Consultation Paper ‘Building a Simpler System to Help Jobless Families and Individuals’. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Drifting down the Gulf Stream: navigating the cultures of disability studies’ – By Helen Meekosha (September 2003)
A Paper presented to ‘Disability at the Cutting Edge: A Disability Studies Research Institute (DSaRI) colloquium to examine the impact on theory, research and professional practice. September 12, 2003, University of Technology, Sydney. Copyright 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into Increasing Participation in Paid Employment (August 2003)
On 25 June 2003 the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, asked the Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations to inquire into and report on employment issues in both rural/regional and urban/outer suburban areas, with particular reference to: a) measures that can be implemented to increase the level of participation in paid work in Australia; and b) how a balance of assistance, incentives and obligations can increase participation, for income support recipients. With a focus on employment, there are also links to the working age payment reform process initiated with the joint release of the Building a simpler system to help jobless families and individuals consultation paper by the Minister for Family and Community Services and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and to the Demographic Change process which is addressing the issues raised in the Intergenerational Report 2002-03 which was released by the Treasurer. This document is WWDA’s response to the Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into Increasing Participation in Paid Employment. Copyright WWDA 2003.


‘Education For All: A Gender and Disability Perspective’ – By Harilyn Rousso (2003)  [PDF]  [Word]
Girls with disabilities are a large and diverse group whose educational needs have gone unnoticed by those committed to either gender equity or disability equity. This paper gives an overview of the double discrimination facing women and girls with disabilities in education and beyond. It details the many barriers to education for women and girls with disabilities, and includes a series of recommendations to foster greater educational equity for disabled girls and women. Copyright 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australians Working Together ‘Listening to the Community’ Discussion Paper (August 2001)
‘Australians Working Together’ is the name of the Australian Government’s Strategy for the implementation of welfare reform. In 2001, the Australian Government released a Discussion Paper called ‘Listening to the Community’ which canvassed a number of changes designed to encourage people with disabilities into paid employment and/or participation in community activities. This is WWDA’s Submission in response to that Discussion Paper. Copyright 2001.