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Disability Royal Commission: WWDA’s Response to Employment Issues Paper

In 2020 the Disability Royal Commission released an issues paper on Employment. The issues paper asked 9 questions about why people with disability are less likely to be employed and have lower incomes than people without disability, how people with disability experience discrimination at work and how well specific programs designed to increase the employment…

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’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 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…

Media Release: Urgent action needed to keep women and girls with disability safe, says national peak body

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), joins with the disability community throughout Australia in mourning the tragic deaths of 54 year old Ann Marie Smith, and four year old Willow Dunn, who both recently died as a result of alleged torture, violence and abuse. “Although Ann Marie and Willow died in different States, had different disabilities…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Disabled People’s Organisations Submission on Royal Commission Terms of Reference

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) has developed its Submission on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect of People with Disability. DPO Australia’s Submission highlights several crucial issues missing from the draft Terms of Reference that we believe must be included in order for the Royal Commission…

DISABLED PEOPLES ORGANISATIONS AUSTRALIA (DPOA) MEDIA RELEASE

Roadmap for our Royal Commission 27 February 2019 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) has long been campaigning for a Royal Commission into all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We deserve an urgent response and justice for the high rates of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation we experience. We…

WWDA welcomes Federal Parliament support for Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect Against People With Disability

People with disability, and our organisations, today welcome the vote in the Australian Parliament about a Royal Commission into the epidemic of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against people with disability. The next step is to make the Royal Commission real. “We welcome today’s vote on a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect…

Open Letter to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison: The urgent need for a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence against people with disability

People with disability and our representative organisations are urging the Federal Government to call a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence and abuse against people with disability across Australia. People with disability, friends, families, allies and supporters have for years now, been calling for a stand-alone Royal Commission into all forms of violence…

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) 16 Days Campaign 2018

According to UN Women, one in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often at the hands of someone they know and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. Compared to our peers, women with disability experience…

Submission to inform Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has provided a submission to the Australian Government to assist with informing the development of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The 12 year National Plan is a high level framework and agreement between all Australian Governments on how…

Meet Sunny – A New App for Women with Disability

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is proud to release a new app for women with disability in Australia that we created with a team of women with disability, and our friends at 1800RESPECT – Australia’s national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. What is Sunny? Designed by and for women with disability, Sunny…

Media Release: New App Supports Women with Disability Who Experience Violence

Women with disability will have improved access to violence information and support with the launch of a ground-breaking smartphone app today. Sunny is a new app developed by 1800RESPECT, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and an expert advisory group of women with disability. Sunny helps women with disability learn about violence, learn about rights, and…

Women with Disability Condemn White Ribbon Australia’s Withdrawal of Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

UPDATE: Following community backlash, White Ribbon Australia have reversed the decision. WWDA remain concerned that White Ribbon need to ‘consult with stakeholders’ on an issue of fundamental human rights. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is disturbed and disappointed by White Ribbon Australia’s decision to withdraw its position statement on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The White Ribbon…

Joint Statement on Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability

Joint statement by Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). DPO Australia is comprised of People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First People’s Disability Network (FPDN), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). Violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability, including children…

Media Release: Royal Commission Welcome, But Must Include People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcome today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care, with the inclusion of young people with disability who live in nursing homes. This is a critical opportunity for the many thousands of older people with disability to have their voices heard and obtain justice for the violence, abuse,…