Submissions to Government Consultations & Processes 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 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. Copyright November 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Government on the on the ‘Chairman’s Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities'(November 2005)

This paper is a Submission in response to the Commonwealth Government’s (through the Department of Family and Community Services and the Attorney Generals Department) request for comments on the ‘Chairman’s Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’, released in late 2005. Copyright WWDA November 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Review of the Commonwealth Disability Strategy’ – Stage Two (September 2005)

This paper is WWDA’s Submission to the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. WWDA’s response broadly follows the framework set out in the Review Consultants (Erebus International) guidelines for Interview with relevant Non-Agency Stakeholders (Peak Organisations) in the review process. Copyright WWDA September 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 2005 Review of the Telecommunications Consumer Representation & Telecommunications Research Grants Program (2005) [PDF] [Word]

In 2005, the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology & the Arts (DCITA) undertook a review of its Telecommunications Consumer Representation Grant Program. This is WWDA’s Submission to that Review which encompasses a series of responses to the Review Discussion Paper issued by the Department of Communications, Information Technology & the Arts. This Submission was prepared by WWDA’s Telecommunications Group, chaired by Sue Salthouse. Copyright WWDA 2005.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Queensland Review of Maternity Services (December 2004)

The Review of Maternity Services was established by the Queensland Minister for Health in July 2004 to examine existing and future models of maternity care, in particular midwifery models of care, and recommend strategies to enhance choices for women, within a framework of safety and sustainability. This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Queensland Review of Maternity Services. Copyright WWDA December 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Position Paper VISION 20/20 Workshop (2004) [PDF]  [Word]

This is a paper presented by Sue Salthouse on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Australian Communications Authority and the Telecommunications Disability Consumer Representation Body (TEDICORE) ‘Vision 20/20’ Forum, held in Melbourne on 29 November 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Social Policy Research Centre on the Discussion Paper ‘Designing the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Disability Strategy’ (August 2004)

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy (CDS) was introduced in 1994 to provide Australian Government Departments and agencies with a planning framework to ensure access to all federal programs, services and functions for people with a disability. The original strategy applied to the activities of all departments, agencies and authorities for ten years (1994-2004) and aimed to ‘enhance access opportunities for people with a disability to the programs, services and infrastructure of society’. The CDS was reviewed in 1995, 1997, and 1999. In 2004, the Australian Department of Family and Community Services contracted the Social Policy Research Centre to design an evaluation of the Commonwealth Disability Strategy (CDS). A Discussion Paper ‘Designing the Evaluation of the Commonwealth Disability Strategy’ was released in July 2004. This Submission is WWDA’s response to that Discussion Paper. Copyright WWDA August 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Australian Government on the Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights (July 2004)

In late May 2004, the Australian Government (through the Department of Attorney General) released its Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights. This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Draft National Action Plan on Human Rights. Copyright WWDA July 2004.


“Lack of Data Means Lack of Action” – A clinical examination of access to health services for women with disabilities (May 2004)

A paper presented by Keran Howe and Sue Salthouse on behalf of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) National Summit: ‘Access to Health Services for People with Disabilities’. Sydney, 28 May 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submisson to the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments regarding Non-Therapeutic Sterilisation of Minors with a Decision-Making Disability (May 2004)

This paper is a Submission in response to the Issues Paper developed by the Australian Government’s Standing Committee of Attorney’s-General (SCAG) Working Group on the Non-Therapeutic Sterilisation of Minors with a Decision-Making Disability. This Issues Paper was released in April 2004. Submission prepared by: Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) in association with The Disability Studies and Research Institute (DSaRI) and Assoc. Prof. Lee Ann Basser, La Trobe Law, La Trobe University Melbourne. Copyright WWDA May 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the South Australian Government’s Discussion Paper: “Valuing South Australia’s Women: Towards A Women’s Safety Strategy For South Australia” (March 2004)

In March 2004, the South Australian Government released a Discussion Paper entitled: “Valuing South Australia’s Women: Towards A Women’s Safety Strategy For South Australia”, identifying it as ‘an essential step in fulfilling the Government’s pledge made at the last election to reduce violence against women’. The Discussion Paper proposed four key directions for a Women’s Safety Strategy for South Australia, and sought comments from the community on the proposed directions, as well as seeking comment on any identified gaps in the Paper. This is WWDA’s Submission. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Commonwealth Government on the ‘Draft Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’ (February 2004)

This paper is a Submission in response to the Commonwealth Government’s (through the Department of Family and Community Services and the Attorney Generals Department) request for comments on the ‘Draft Text for a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities’, released in early 2004. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report ‘Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992’ (February 2004)

The Productivity Commission Review of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 commenced in mid 2003 to examine the social impacts of the legislation on people with disabilities and on the community as a whole. In June 2003, WWDA developed a submission to the first stage of the Review. The draft report, ‘Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992’, was released on 31 October 2003. The report contains the interim findings of the Productivity Commission’s public inquiry, and contains a number of draft recommendations. In February 2004, WWDA developed a Submission in response to the draft report, ‘Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992’. This is WWDA’s Submission. Copyright WWDA 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts on the Review of the Operation of the Universal Service Obligation and the Customer Service Guarantee (February 2004)

This document is WWDA’s response to the Australian Government’s Review of the Operation of the Universal Service Obligation and the Customer Service Guarantee, conducted in early 2004. Copyright WWDA February 2004.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Liberating The Commonwealth: How Refusing To Surrender Parliament To Majority Parties And Interests Will Mostly Free It From Destructive Stand-Offs Between Its Houses (December 2003)

On 8 October 2003 the Prime Minister released ‘Resolving deadlocks: a discussion paper on section 57 of the Australian Constitution’. This paper considers additional options for resolution of deadlocks between the Senate and the House of Representatives. Section 57 currently provides for deadlocks between the House of Representatives and the Senate to be resolved by a double dissolution election. The first option canvassed by the discussion paper would allow the Governor General to convene a joint sitting of both houses to consider a deadlocked bill, without the need for an election. The second option would allow the Governor General to convene a joint sitting of both houses after an ordinary general election. This is WWDA’s Submission to the ‘Resolving Deadlocks’ Discussion Paper. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Tasmanian Department of Health And Human Services on Its Draft Strategic Framework For Disability Services 2003 – 2008 (December 2003)

In late 2003, the Tasmanian Government released its Draft Strategic Framework For Disability Services 2003 – 2008. This is WWDA’s Submission to the Tasmanian Government on the Draft Strategic Framework. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the National Evaluation of the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program IV 2003/2004 (December 2003)

SAAP is a support program assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, through a range of support and supported accommodation services. It is an important part of Australia’s overall response to homelessness and of the broader social safety net designed to prevent disadvantage in the community. The overall aim of SAAP, as set down in the Supported Accommodation Assistance Act, is to provide transitional supported accommodation and a range of related support services, in order to help people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to achieve the maximum possible degree of self-reliance and independence. SAAP IV was evaluated in late 2003 – early 2004. The purpose of the evaluation was to examine the progress and effectiveness of SAAP IV and to advise on the future directions of the program. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) developed a submission to the National Evaluation Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP IV), and this is WWDA’s Submission to that Evaluation. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Board of Taxation on the Draft Charities Bill 2003 (September 2003)

In early 2000, the Australian Government launched the Public Inquiry into the Definition of Charities and Related Organisations. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) made a submission to this Inquiry. The Australian Government is now consulting upon the Exposure Draft of the Charities Bill 2003 that was developed after the Inquiry made its findings. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is a not-for-profit organisation that would be directly affected by this Bill, if it were passed into law. This Submission explains the probable ramifications this enactment would have for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) as well as many significantly similar organisations. The Submission approaches these likely impacts by recommending that the Bill’s provisions be preserved or replaced with practicable alternatives. These alternative provisions are clearly delineated in the recommendations. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Legislation Committee for Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts on the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2003 (September 2003)

The Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2003 (the Bill) proposes to amend the Telstra Corporation Act 1991 to provide a framework for the sale of the Government’s 50.1 per cent equity in Telstra Corporation Limited, leading to full private ownership. The Bill gives the Commonwealth the flexibility to use a wide range of approaches to conduct the sell down of Telstra either through a single tranche, several tranches or other approaches such as placements. The Senate has referred the provisions of this bill to the Committee for inquiry and report by 30 October 2003. This document is WWDA’s response to the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2003. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Tasmanian Government’s Options Paper: “Safe at Home: A Criminal Justice Framework for Responding to Family Violence in Tasmania” (September 2003)

The Options Paper ‘Safe at Home: A Criminal Justice Framework for Responding to Family Violence in Tasmania’ was developed by the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Industrial Relations (DJIR) in response to the announcement by the Attorney-General, the Hon. Judy Jackson MHA, in September 2002, of the establishment of separate Family Violence restraint order legislation to be introduced into the Tasmanian Parliament in 2003. This document is WWDA’s response to the Options Paper ‘Safe at Home: A Criminal Justice Framework for Responding to Family Violence in Tasmania’. Copyright WWDA September 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 surburban areas, with particular reference to: measures that can be implemented to increase the level of participation in paid work in Australia; and, 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.


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: Submission to the National Competition Policy Review of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (May 2003)

In early 2003, the Australian Government announced the National Competition Policy Review of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). This is WWDA’s Submission to that Review. Copyright WWDA 2003.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry (September 2002)

In mid 2002, the Australian Government announced a Public Inquiry into the adequacy of telecommunications services in rural, regional and remote Australia. This is WWDA’s submission to that Public Inquiry. The Submission was prepared by Sue Salthouse and members of WWDA’s Telecommunications Working Party. Copyright WWDA 2002.


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 WWDA 2001.