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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…

A report on the Our Site website project is now available!

The Our Site report provides a comprehensive overview of how the Our Site website was developed with the input of over 100 women with disability across Australia. An Easy Read summary of the report is also available. Our Site was created by and for women with disability through a national two-year project led by WWDA.…

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…

COVID-19 Children and Young People with Disabilities Global Statement and Recommendations

Over the last few weeks, WWDA staff member and a young woman with disability, Heidi La Paglia, has been working with the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN) and the UK based organisation, Include Me TOO to develop a statement with recommendations to address the global impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with disability. On Friday evening, the CCYDN launched the statement via a webinar, with speeches from young people with disability representatives from around the world, including Heidi who spoke about the experiences of girls and young women with disability.  “Throughout the…

WWDA’s response to the Disability Royal Commission’s Group Homes issue paper

In 2020 the Disability Royal Commission released an issues paper on group homes. The issues paper asked 10 questions based on some of the key issues and barriers experienced by people with disability living in Group Homes. You can download the issues paper from the Disability Royal Commission website here. WWDA have now submitted their response…

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…

Our Place renamed to Our Site

From WWDA President, Tricia Malowney WWDA would like to announce that our new website for and by women and girls with disability, ‘Our Place’, has changed its name to ‘Our Site’. The website address has also changed, and you can now find the website at oursite.wwda.org.au We are confident that the new name, Our Site,…

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…

Media release COVID-19 Statement of Concern: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making

Internationally recognised Australian experts in the areas of human rights, bioethics and disability, have today released a Statement of Concern to emphasise key human rights principles and standards that need to underpin ethical decision-making in the context of disability and the COVID-19 pandemic. There are much greater risks from the COVID-19 pandemic for people with…

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…

Disability Royal Commission calls for urgent action

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability.  The Royal Commission has issued a Statement of Concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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.

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.

International Women’s Day lifts the lid on human rights for women and girls with disability

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has launched a new website, Our Site, just in time for International Women’s Day. The ‘Our Site’ website has been developed to support women and girls with disability to learn about and realise their rights. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating women and their achievements. The day also…

New website champions the rights of women and girls with disability in Australia

(previously called Our Place) Over 100 women and girls with disability across Australia helped to create ‘Our Site’, a new and innovative website full of important and accessible information for women and girls with disability. There are currently over 2 million women and girls with disability in Australia and they represent one of the most…

Help promote Our Site (previously Our Place)

Can you help to promote our new website for women and girls with disability, Our Site? Women With Disabilities Australia has recently launched a new website, created by and for women and girls with disability. To help bring awareness to Our Site for women with disability, we would love for you to start spreading the…

Our Place set to launch March 6

Please note Our Place has now been changed to Our Site. What is it and why is it important? There are currently over 2 million women and girls with disability in Australia. Women and girls with disability represent one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged groups in the country. They continue to experience widespread discrimination…

Position paper: The Status of Women and Girls with Disability in Australia

In 1995, the United Nations in Beijing, China held the Fourth World Conference on Women where all attending nations agreed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA). The BPFA was a landmark agreement. It sets strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical…

WWDA at UN COSP12: Full Report

This year Women With Disabilities Australia attended the 12th Conference of State Parties (COSP12) on the Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city. We were represented by Heidi la Paglia, as well as WWDA member and performance artist, Sarah Houboult. You can read the…

Have Your Say: Consultation Survey Launched for United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Shadow Report

A civil society CRPD Shadow Report Working Group, made up of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), disability representative and advocacy organisations is now preparing the second civil society Shadow Report and an online survey is available here for people with disability to have their say. For Organisations DPO’s, disability representative and advocacy organisations are encouraged to…

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…

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Expert Advisory Panel!

WWDA is seeking expert advisors for the Virtual Centre Women and Girls with Disability Australia (WWDA) has received funding to develop a new Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disability. The Virtual Centre will be a one-stop website that provides accessible, relevant and high-quality information and resources for women and girls with disability on their rights to:…