Research, Inquiry, Government reports

Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework: Baseline indicator data for Australians aged 18-64 years

Measuring inequality is essential for identifying the barriers faced by people with disability in exercising their human rights. Evidence of disability-related inequalities can inform action to remove barriers and reduce inequalities. This report presents the first national data using the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and Indicators, which was developed by the CRE-DH in consultation with people with disability and disability advocates.

Changing community attitudes to improve inclusion of people with disability

Researchers asked more than 60 people from business, government, community and advocacy organisations around Australia about how to change community attitudes and looked at past studies on changing attitudes and behaviour.  The research found that to create change there needs to be an ‘active presence of a diversity of people with disability across all life domains, including inclusive schooling, employment and communities’.

Informing Investment Design: Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Research Activity

Between June and November 2021, this research project was undertaken to assist the Department of Social Services (DSS) to build an evidence base for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program and inform the future investment strategy. The study includes a review of grants information, surveys and interviews of grantees and sector informants, and a desktop review of literature on current identified needs and priorities to achieve inclusion/equity for people with disability. This report is a final overview report comprising high level analysis across these data sources.

2021 AEDC National Report

children have developed by the time they commence school. Key findings from the 2021 AEDC data found that children who started school in 2021 experienced some disruption to their early learning, but at a glance, the majority of children were developmentally on track on all five domains.

Education and training of health professionals in relation to people with cognitive disability

The report contains nine findings and 12 recommendations relating to the education and training of health professionals across Australia. Health professionals include doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and allied health professionals such as speech pathologists. The report recognises that the capability framework should be co-designed by people with cognitive disability, and supported by the Australian Government.

Addressing workforce pain points

The ability of providers to attract a large and stable disability workforce is critical to the success of the entire Scheme and is also one of the sector’s most consistent pain points. The Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS agrees that this issue needs urgent attention.

Review of NDIA actuarial forecast model and drivers of Scheme costs

At their August 2021 meeting, Disability Ministers directed work be undertaken to understand cost drivers and underpinning assumptions in the Scheme Actuary’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Annual Financial Sustainability Report (AFSR), with a report back to Ministers on findings in December 2021. Independent actuarial firm, Taylor Fry, was commissioned to do this work.

Changing the landscape: A national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities

This resource names ableism and gender inequality as the two consistent, intersecting drivers of violence against women and girls with disabilities. It sets out the actions that must be taken to address these drivers and stop this violence before it starts. It points to the many stakeholders that need to take action – from individuals to communities, schools and workplaces, to disability and health services, and governments. It makes clear that we all have a role to play in preventing this violence.

2020 Report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

The purpose of the annual Charter Report is to examine the operation of the Charter in any given year – how it interacts with law and policy to protect and promote human rights. Throughout 2020, Victorians faced profound – and in many cases unprecedented – human rights challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and so this year’s report delves deeply into how these were navigated in the context of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Summary: Review of the ILC program and next steps March 2021

The Department of Social Services has been reviewing the ILC program since its transfer from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to the department in October 2020, to better understand the program, including the role of local area coordination.  The review report of early findings has now been released and will inform DSS consulting with people with disability and other key stakeholders on the future directions of the ILC.

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.