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Media Release: WWDA urges the NDIA to halt independent assessments

On 28th August 2020, the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Hon Stuart Robert announced the “most substantial” reforms to the NDIS since its establishment. The package includes implementation of the Australian Government’s Response to the 2019 Tune Review and the new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee. One part of the reform will see…

Stage 2 of the National Disability Strategy Consultations

Today, the Department of Social Services (DSS) launched the second stage of consultations on the National Disability Strategy. If you are a person with disability, carer, parent or supporter, DSS wants yours feedback on the proposals for the next Strategy, as set out in a new National Disability Strategy position paper. You can download, read…

Easy Read version of Our Site for women and girls with disability leading the way for accessible websites

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are again leading the way in advancing the rights of all women with disability through the release of an Easy Read version of the Our Site website. WWDA aims to improve the rights, safety and well-being of women and girls with disability across Australia. To achieve this, it is crucial…

WWDA President, Tricia Malowney OAM has been appointed by the NDIS Minister to the NDIS Expert Advisory Council

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the new and returning members of the Independent Advisory Council from 1 July 2020. The Independent Advisory Council provides formal advice to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the governing body of the NDIS, on the most important issues affecting…

WWDA Board Member, Jody Barney appointed to The First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group

WWDA would like to congratulate WWDA Board Member, Jody Barney on being appointed to The First Nations Peoples Strategic Advisory Group (FNPSAG) for the Disability Royal Commission. The FNPSAG has been set up to support the Royal Commission in its work by providing leadership and guidance on matters specific to First Nations peoples with disability. The FNPSAG…

WWDA’s submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

On 8 April 2020, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Select Committee on COVID-19 will review and respond to submissions from individuals and organisations all over Australia and provide a full report of their findings on or before 30 June 2022. WWDA…

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: Restrictive Practices

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is seeking information about the use of restrictive practices on people with disability. Restrictive practice refers to any action that limits the rights or freedom of movement of a person. Restrictive practices are used in many settings, such as homes, including group homes,…

Disability Information Helpline for people with disability

Do you have a question about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do you need help because things have changed? You can contact the Disability Information Helpline to talk about your concerns in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), for example if: your support worker has not turned up your provider has stopped services it’s hard for you to get food,…

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is seeking information about the experiences of people with disability during recent emergencies in Australia. The Emergency planning and response issues paper published today seeks feedback about what can be done to improve the safety and wellbeing of people with disability during…

WWDA’s response to the Disability Royal Commission’s issue paper on education and learning

In 2019 the Disability Royal Commission released an issues paper on education and learning. The issues paper asked 13 questions based on some of the key issues and barriers experienced by students with disability. You can download the issues paper from the Disability Royal Commission website here. WWDA have now submitted their response to the…

Federal Government responds to disability sector call to action.

MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet The Hon. Anne Ruston MP Minister for Families and Social Services The Hon. Stuart Robert MP Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister for Government Services 3 April 2020 IMMEDIATE RESPONSE PLAN TO…

Immediate Actions Required for Australians with Disability in Response to Coronavirus (COVID19)

WWDA has joined over 70 Disability People’s Organisations (DPO) and Disability Representative organisations (DROs) across Australia this week to write a Letter to the Prime Minister and all the Premiers calling for measures to be taken immediately to support the health, safety and human rights of all people with disability during the COVID19 crisis. Letter…

Increase Disability Support Pension now to deal with coronavirus

 People with disability who receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP) urgently need access to the increased Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight, consistent with the Jobseeker Payment and other payments recently announced.  People with disability who are in receipt of DSP are experiencing and facing additional, unforeseen costs in this time of crisis, which is…

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert Media Release: New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

21 March 2020 NDIS plans to be extended by up to 24 months, ensuring continuity of support and increasing capacity of NDIA staff to focus on urgent and required changes to plans. Face to face planning shifted to telephone meetings where possible. Action plan to ensure NDIS participants and their families continue to receive the…

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) – March 2020

On 18 March 2020, the NDIS Commission Disability Sector Consultative Committee (the Committee) met for the second time.

Urgent measures needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

People with disability from across Australia are calling for urgent action to make sure we are included in preparations for the current public health emergency.

Urgent measures needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

People with disability from across Australia are calling for urgent action to make sure we are included in preparations for the current public health emergency. Eight national peak organisations have come together to outline to all levels of government, the National Disability Insurance Agency, other agencies and the private sector, about the range of concerns…

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) – March 2020

Summary -18 March 2020 The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met by telepresence today. The meeting discussed a national response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly its potential impact on people with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Council acknowledged that COVID-19 presents a significant and unprecedented…

Disability Royal Commission suspends all public events

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has suspended public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Disability Royal Commission suspends all public events

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has suspended public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.The Chair Ronald Sackville AO QC said after careful consideration, the Commission has postponed the following hearings; -Education scheduled for next week in Brisbane, Queensland, -Justice scheduled for April in…

NDIS Disability Sector Consultative Committee

Summary -19 November 2019 On 19 November 2019, the NDIS Commission Disability Sector Consultative Committee (the Committee) met for the first time. This Committee is made up of people currently working in the disability sector to assist the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner (the Commissioner) in delivering its core functions. “The NDIS Quality and Safeguards…

Disability Royal Commission – Support Services

 The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling and advocacy support for people engaging with or affected by the Royal Commission into Violence Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission).  Disability Royal Commission – Support Services Fact Sheet [PDF] Disability Royal Commission – Support Services Fact Sheet [DOC] Head to…

WWDA’s Election Platform 2019 announced!

WWDA has recently released its 2019 Election Platform. WWDA is calling on candidates and parties to commit to:   Address all forms of violence against women and girls with disability Gender the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls with disability Gender the National Disability Strategy (NDS)…

People With Disability Welcome Our Royal Commission

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on the formation of our Royal Commission and its Letters Patent into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability today, following the Government’s commitment of $527 million in the Federal Budget. “People with disability have called for this Royal Commission for…

Royal Commission to Bring Justice for People with Disability

People with disability welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to fully funding our Royal Commission, as revealed in the 2019-20 Budget. “We very much welcome the $527m allocated to our Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability, in tonight’s Budget,” said Matthew Bowden, Co-CEO of People with Disability…