Research, Inquiry, Government reports

resenting Issues Report 2020/21,

This landmark report is the first definitive public annual report which captures the experiences of older people engaging with the aged care system. Commonly presented issues include unwanted admissions to residential care, increased risk of abuse facilitated by COVID-19 restrictions, a lack of available assessment services and long wait times for support.

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031

The Strategy) is a national framework that all governments in Australia have signed up to. It sets out a plan for continuing to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia over the next ten years.  The Strategy supports Australia’s commitment under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Strategy’s vision is for an inclusive Australian society that ensures people with disability can fulfil their potential as equal members of the community.

Walking to bus stops

Walking is the main way people get to bus stops, with 94% of users in Melbourne walking all or part of the way. This report – Getting to the Bus Stop (2021) – provides a comprehensive analysis of the safety and amenity of access to bus stops in Victoria.

NDIS Quarterly Reports

The latest report includes an update about NDIA consultation projects, including: Reviewing the Early Childhood Approach; Interventions for Children on the Autism Spectrum; Supporting NDIS Participants to Pursue their Home and Living Goals: and Empowering NDIS participants’ Decisions (page 21).

Agents of our own Destiny: Activism and the road to the Disability Royal Commission

This research report is about the disability rights movement and the history of disability activism and advocacy in Australia. It highlights how hard people with disability, advocates and activists have fought for the same rights as others, and to gain the protections offered by equality, inclusion and justice. It also reminds us of how important the outcomes of the Royal Commission will be for hundreds of thousands of Australians with disability.

Disability in Australia: Shadows, struggles and successes

This research report provides historic insights into the experiences of people with disability in Australia. It looks at different cultural and social factors that have impacted the lives of people with disability over time.  It explains how, for hundreds of years, society viewed people with disability as different and told them they didn’t fit in. This influenced the way the community and government treated people with disability regarding access and needs. The 21st century has marked a more inclusive approach towards people with disability in Australia, but attitudes such as racism, stigma and exclusion are still common experiences that people with disability struggle against

Police responses to people with disability

This report finds some police responses to people with disability are inadequate and can be ‘damaging’ to their well-being. Many people with disability who end up in a life-long cycle of disadvantage and incarceration come into contact with police due to their disadvantaged circumstances and their inability to access effective social services. The evidence presented in the report indicates justice systems across Australia in many cases enable, rather than prevent, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

Promoting Inclusion: Summary of responses to the Issues Paper

This overview summarises the responses to the Promoting inclusion Issues paper that was released in December 2020.  It outlines what should be done to promote a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Occasional Paper No. 3: Learning from reviews of Victorian disability service provision to people who have died 2017 to 2021 – A reflection for future safeguarding.

This report provides an overview of the lessons learnt from more than three years of reviewing disability service provision to people who have died. Sadly, the majority of deaths reviewed are ‘unexpected’ and raise significant concerns about the quality of service provision, possible preventable early deaths, and teach us that oversight and action must continue to be taken on both an individual and system-wide level.

Annual Financial Sustainability Report

this report provides a comprehensive financial picture of the NDIS based on the Scheme Actuary’s projections And uses historic experience to inform forward-looking assumptions as to participant numbers, exit rates, and growth in spend per participant. It also contains detailed commentary on Scheme risks, while providing a range of scenarios on possible financial outcomes.

SDA Quarterly Report

This report complements regularly released NDIA quarterly reports and the recently published SDA Market Information Statement, SDA Finder and SDA demand data. It features observations into publically available NDIA data and introduces new SDA participant cohort characteristic data. The report shares data and insights into changes in SDA supply and the SDA-eligible participant cohort over time.

Dead ends: how our social security system is failing people with partial capacity to work

This report examines the development of the partial capacity to work classification and its impact on the lives of individuals and their households. It considers the onerous processes involved in applying for the Disability Support Pension, and the economic and social costs of having to live instead on the much lower JobSeeker Payment with extra obligations.

Overview of responses to the Safeguards and quality Issues paper –

Respondents proposed a raft of changes for the Royal Commission to consider including The lack of focus on prevention of abuse and neglect of people with disability and the need to identify the factors that potentially place individuals at higher risk of abuse. The importance of creating a service culture amongst disability service providers and support workers that respects human rights and does not tolerate violence or other abuses was also highlighted.