Submissions to Government Consultations & Processes 1995 – 2000
In early 2000, the Australian Government announced a Public Inquiry into the Definition of Charities and Related Organisations. This is WWDA’s Submission to the Inquiry. WWDA’s submission argues that the current definitions of charitable organisations and Public Benevolent Institutions are outdated, conservative, and do not accurately reflect the changing nature of Australian society, or the extent and diversity of work that these organisations are undertaking. The paper argues that it will be important that any framework or criteria developed for the classification of charitable and related organisations, reflect the current social, economic and political climate, and provide scope for the many ideas and methods which drive modern attempts to ‘relieve distress’, and so on. This would include recognition of contemporary methods such as advocacy (systemic and individual) and political action for, and by citizens who have social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights. Many charitable organisations and public benevolent institutions have always served a political purpose. It needs to be expected and accepted that some of these organisations will have a right and proper role as actors in the political processes on behalf of their constituents, whose distress is often exacerbated by these processes. Copyright WWDA 2000.
A copy of WWDA’s Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Government’s proposed amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act. Copyright WWDA 2000.
The Telecommunications Service Inquiry was announced by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, on March 19 2000. The Inquiry was established to assess the adequacy of telecommunications services in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. This document is WWDA’s Submission to the Telecommunications Service Inquiry, and is based largely on the findings of a National Telecommunications Survey WWDA conducted in 1999. Copyright WWDA 2000.
In March 2000, the Federal Government’s Reference Group on Welfare Reform released their Interim Report entitled “Participation Support for a More Equitable Society”. The Interim Report was released following a public consultation process. WWDA developed a response to the Interim Report. WWDA’s response is provided under the following themes: Mutual Obligation Versus Social Justice and Rights; Costs of Participation; The Need for An Integrated and Coordinated Approach to Welfare Reform; Discrimination in Employment and Women With Disabilities; The Concepts of Family & Community in Welfare Reform; Individualised Model of Social Support; and, The Future Job Growth in Australia. Copyright WWDA 2000.
In late September 1999, Senator Jocelyn Newman (Minister for Family and Community Services) announced that social policy would be the next major reform priority of the Howard Government. Senator Newman also announced that a Reference Group would guide the development of a Discussion Paper on Welfare Reform. This document is WWDA’s first submission to the Reference Group on Welfare Reform. It discusses: why the Welfare Reform agenda is important for women with disabilities; the main welfare reform issues for women with disabilities (using case studies to highlight these issues); Welfare Reform agenda principles; and critical outcomes for women with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 1999.
In February 1999, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women (Senator Jocelyn Newman) announced a Review of the National Women’s Non-Government Organisation’s Funding Program, which is administered by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women. Each year under the National Women’s NGO Funding Program, a total of $500,000 is available for funding national women’s organisations. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to Review of the National Women’s Non-Government Organisation’s Funding Program. WWDA’s Submission addresses a number of issues, including: Gender and Disability; the need for clear NGO Funding Program Objectives; Eligibility for Funding; Mechanisms Which Could Assist Accountability of National Women’s NGO’s; Understanding the Nature of Advocacy; and the Need for Representation of Diversity. Copyright WWDA 1999.
In 1998, Domestic Violence Legislation Working Group (Attorney General’s Department of the Commonwealth Government) released a Discussion Paper on the development of A Model Domestic Violence Law for Australia. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to the Domestic Violence Legislation Working Group in response to that Discussion Paper. WWDA’s Submission covers a range of issues, including the need for a broader definition of ‘domestic violence’ so that any national legislation covers the range of domestic situations in which women with disabilities live. Copyright WWDA 1998.
The National Partnerships Against Domestic Violence Strategy was launched by the Prime Minister in late 1997. The first two national projects of the Strategy were to be a Community Education/Awareness Strategy and the Development of National Endorsed Competency Standards for workers with family violence. In mid 1998, the National Partnerships Against Domestic Violence Taskforce undertook consultations to inform the development of these two projects. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission in response to these consultations. Copyright WWDA 1998.
In 1998, the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services announced a National Review of the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP). This is a copy of the submission WWDA wrote to inform the development of a Discussion Paper for the Review. The submission highlights the fact that women with disabilities are the group with the greatest level of unmet need in relation to SAAP services in Australia. Copyright WWDA 1998.
In 1998, the Minister for Family Services (Commonwealth Government) called for submissions to inform the development of the National Strategy for Ageing in Australia. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to the National Strategy for Ageing in Australia. The submission discusses, amongst other issues, the urgent need for research into women with disabilities and ageing. Copyright WWDA 1998.
In 1997, the Model Criminal Code Committee (Attorney General’s Department of the Commonwealth Government) released a Discussion Paper on ‘Sexual Offences Against the Person’. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to the Model Criminal Code Committee in response to that Discussion Paper. The Submission addresses a range of issues, including: the very high levels of sexual offences committed against women with disabilities and relatively low conviction rate; and the prevalence of misinformation and myths which surround disability and sexuality. The submission raises concerns that these factors may create an environment in which ‘protection’ are given a high priority, and impinge upon the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 1997.
This is a copy of the submission Women With Disabilities Australia submitted to the Senate Enquiry into Housing Assistance in 1997. The submission addresses the housing poverty of Australian women with disabilities, and provides recommendations. Copyright WWDA 1997.
The National Disability Advocacy Program funds 76 advocacy organisations around Australia to assist people with disabilities, their families and carers to participate in community life on an equitable basis and to achieve their rights as citizens. The National Disability Advocacy Program is administered by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services. The Advocacy Program was reviewed in late 1996 and this is WWDA’s submission to that Review. The Submission covers a range of issues including: Disability, Public Policy and Advocacy; Gender and Disability; The Government’s Policy Agenda; Program Effectiveness; Cost Effectiveness; Distribution of Resources; Gaps In Services; Duplication In Services; and, Locale of Disability Advocacy Program. Recommendations are included. Copyright WWDA 1996.