Research, Inquiry, Government reports

Access to support for working-age Australians with disability without individual NDIS funding

More than 500,000 Australians with disability receive individual funding through the NDIS to purchase services and supports to meet their disability-related needs. But the overwhelming majority of the 4.4. million Australians with disability are not NDIS participants. This research examines if and how people with disability aged 18-64 years who are not NDIS participants are finding and using any support and services they need to participate in society and the economy.

Line of sight: Refocussing Victoria’s adult safeguarding laws and practices

This report draws on de-identified stories that starkly illustrate the impact of the system failures on adults who are at-risk. It identifies gaps and failures in the current framework and makes seven recommendations to improve Victoria’s safeguarding laws and practices for all at-risk adults. The recommendations aim to ensure that we do not lose sight … Continued

New Disability Employment Support Model – Consultation report

The current Disability Employment Services (DES) programs end in June 2023. The consultation report summarises public feedback gathered via a submission process that closed in February 2021. The consultation asked for ideas on how to boost jobs outcomes for disabled people. Key issues identified were reducing jobs barriers, allowing better access to jobs services, and providing more holistic, wrap-around services and complementary supports. People with disability also needed clearer information on supports available to them as well as greater flexibility in program and service delivery.

Accommodating adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs in Individual Supported Living arrangements

This research investigated Individual Supported Living (ISL) arrangements, which have been developed to provide appropriate and preferred homes for persons with intellectual disabilities and high support needs. Study participants highlighted the benefits of quality ISL arrangements and the challenges in developing and maintaining them. Coordination of disability and housing policies and practices will enhance the sustainability of these arrangements. This includes the need to recognise and coordinate access to affordable and suitable housing, as well as in-home support.

Annual Report 2020-21

This report measures the use of restrictive practices and compulsory treatment reported by disability services. In 2020-21 environmental restraint was reported for the first time. This is the second report to reflect substantive transition to the NDIS and reporting on the new function of authorisation.

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.