An intellectually disabled man who spent 18 months in jail despite being found unfit to stand trial has been released from custody after 543 days.
The ACT Human Rights Commission says a man whose application for the NDIS was lodged more than a year before his release from prison ultimately returned to jail after the relevant agency failed to process his claim and left him in the community without the necessary supports.
The former fruit picker and cleaner, who was injured at work in July 2016, is locked in a fight with Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds. She has accused them of failing to properly pay out her permanent disability claim, and compensation lawyers say she is one of many being put under severe financial stress by the organisation.
The church’s governing bodies, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia, wrote to the Government saying they were keen to participate “to limit future trauma for survivors of abuse in obtaining redress from the Church”.
In NSW there were 1087 cases of assaults on people living with disability in group accommodation reported to the state ombudsman since 2014. Children with disability are at least three times more likely to experience abuse than other children. Frighteningly, over 90% of women with an intellectual disability have been victims of sexual assault. We have not done enough to combat the discrimination that many of these people face when their claims are finally heard in our judicial system.
The federal government plans to cancel the disability support pension for thousands of prisoners, regardless of whether they’ve been found guilty or are still on remand.
Many Australians living with disabilities are still treated as second-class citizens, and the legal profession needs to do better in its facilitation of opportunities for those people to not only participate, but also flourish, according to the nation’s leading disability discrimination advocate.
Prospective NDIS employees will have their criminal histories checked when they apply for work after legislation passed federal parliament.
The ACT Human Rights Commission and advocacy groups say some prisoners with disability have been stuck behind bars longer than necessary due to delays in processing their NDIS applications.
The IBACC report issued to Victorian Parliment in 2017 in relation to an Independent Investigation of Complaints against Police, has identified the failure of the current system and abuse of power by Victoria Police. It also has made many policy change recommendations and an overhaul of the current system.