Research, Inquiry, Government reports

Employment outcomes – participants, their families and carers

Increased participation in the workforce for people with disability and their families and carers produces benefits for the individuals participating, as well as for the wider Australian economy. The analysis presented here investigates the employment experience of NDIS participants and their families and carers, including factors associated with positive employment outcomes.

Disability Rights Now 2019: Shadow Report to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The report, which has been endorsed by over 80 organisations from around the country, includes the findings from a survey of almost 900 Australians with disability and reviews the country’s progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), which focuses on upholding the rights of people with disability. 

Participant outcomes report

is the first annual report on outcomes for NDIS participants. The report analyses the results for people who entered the Scheme in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and also the one year longitudinal change in outcomes for people who entered in 2016-17 and have been in the Scheme for one year.

A national measure of environmental restraint: Final report

Environmental restraint is not currently required to be monitored or reported. As such, there is an urgent need to develop a measure of environmental restraint, suitable for use in both Victoria and within other jurisdictions, to educate providers, guide quality improvement, and monitor changes in practice. 

The Office of the Senior Practitioner, in consultation with the Disability and NDIS Branch within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, have jointly engaged Nous Group (Nous) to develop and validate a measure of environmental restraint. This report collates the findings from the Nous Group consultation and research.

NDIS Quarterly Data

Early Childhood Intervention Australia Victoria/Tasmania Limited (ECIA VIC/TAS) would like to ensure that people are aware that the NDIA releases comprehensive data analysis on a quarterly basis. Because of the value of this data, they have created a new section on the website for the benefit of members that will speedlink to each quarterly update.

Disability and health data compendium

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the development of state and local government plans, disability is now a key concern at every level of Australian government. The purpose of this compendium is to highlight, raise awareness and illustrate the opportunities that exist for disability researchers in Australia.

Background paper: changing demographics and dynamics of aged care

The background paper puts Australia’s ageing population under the microscope. It explores complex issues associated with the country’s changing demographic profile, including changes in patterns of disease and dependency, the rising incidence of dementia, changing expectations and the changing cultural profile of the Australian community. It also explores current arrangements, future pressures and a greater need for preventative and restorative health.

Self Advocacy and Diversity: A model for CALD inclusion

This project investigated ways to support the growth of self advocacy
for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Broadmeadows and Shepparton. Findings suggest that there are multiple barriers to people with disability from CALD backgrounds developing self advocacy skills. Different cultures have different attitudes, beliefs and approaches to supporting people with disability; growing self advocacy requires an approach that values the diverse needs of communities, and strengthens the capacity of organisations to understand and work alongside people with lived experience. 

Seclusion Report: How safe is your hospital?

This report ranks 23 hospital-based mental health services on how often they use seclusion. The report, based on official data, has revealed that the use of seclusion has risen in Victoria in recent years, with some hospitals breaching state guidelines and failing to meet key benchmarks designed to keep the practice at a minimum

General issues around the implementation and performance of the NDIS Progress report 2019

This is the second Progress Report about the NDIS, covering the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2018. The Committee makes a range of relevant recommendations – including a number around support for people with psychosocial disabilities, improvements to the early childhood pathway, and addressing gaps in service provision in rural and remote areas. It also provides an overview of all the changes to the scheme that implemented during the period.

Group Self Advocacy Partnership Project: Report & model

‘Many people with cognitive disability and complex communication support needs are discriminated against, and are yet to be fully included in Australian society. Because of this self advocacy groups continue to work to create an equal society where all people are included and respected. This report proposes models for how to successfully run projects in partnership with a range of organisations and self advocacy groups.

How is the disability sector faring? A report from National Disability Services’ Annual Market Survey

The National Disability Services’ (NDS) Annual Market Survey is a key resource in understanding the state of the Australian disability sector, its challenges and opportunities. A key driver for this research is the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the substantial restructuring of individual organisations and the supply-side of the scheme. This research is intended to identify risks, monitor change and identify any undesirable consequences occurring in the disability sector.