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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…

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…

Media Release – Keep us safe: Government-funded workplaces putting up to 20,000 Aussies with intellectual disability in the firing line of COVID-19

Australian workers with intellectual disabilities and their families are concerned they are being exposed to a high risk of contracting coronavirus at work at their Australian Disability Enterprise. Inclusion Australia (IA), the Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) say people with intellectual disability need greater ongoing support to follow current…

Royal Commission into family violence

In 2019, the Federal Government announced that they would be conducting a Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability. In 2015, a Senate inquiry found widespread rates of violence and abuse against people with disability, and strongly recommended holding a Royal Commission, and in 2017, over 100 acadmeics and over…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Translated Resources

WWDA has produced an Easy English ‘What is Coronavirus‘ document to explain some key facts about COVID-19 in a simple way. The document now available in 11 different languages. You can download the document in your preferred language as a PDF or Accessible Word DOC at: https://wwda.org.au/publication/coronavirus-covid-19-translated-resources/

No Australian Left Offline

WWD has joined a coalition of nearly 30 community sector organisations and advocates has urged the Federal Government to address the affordability of communications services and equipment to support Australians in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety Cyber and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, cross-sector community organisations…

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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…

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…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Easy Read update 16 March 2020

Women With Disabilities Australia have produced an Easy English document on the current CoronaVirus (COVID-19) for women and girls with disability living in Australia.

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…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Easy Read update 16 March 2020

Women With Disabilities Australia have produced an Easy English document on the current CoronaVirus (COVID-19) for women and girls with disability living in Australia. Coronavirus is a virus that started in China and spread to many countries around the world, including Australia. Coronavirus is also called COVID-19. That is the scientific name of the virus.…

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…

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…

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…