Research, Inquiry, Government reports

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.

Rapid Evidence Review: Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability

The report examines existing research to gain a better understanding of both risk and protective factors relating to why some members of society cause harm to people with disability. A rapid review process was used to identify 168 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. The researchers found that the majority of studies focused on the risks for people with disability while only few looked at the risk factors which enable perpetrators, or systemic issues that enable violence.

Attitudes Matter: Community attitudes toward people with disability in Australia

Attitudes are a major concern for Australians with disability. They are related to disability-based discrimination and social exclusion, which in turn impact the health and wellbeing of people with disability. This report describes findings from the first national survey on attitudes toward people with disability. The report has strong signals for business and government about the need for interventions that seek to combat attitudes across organisational and structural levels of society.

Snapshot: Juggling caring, parenting and work – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace

A significant proportion of the workforce is balancing parenting and/or caring responsibilities. However, traditional workplace structures have failed to keep up with workers’ attempts to balance work and family life and leave behind outdated, gendered divisions of ‘breadwinner’ and ‘home-maker’. This snapshot report shares the results of a survey of 1500 Victorians about their experiences with flexible work during the pandemic and how employers can better support parents and carers in the post-COVID workplace.

Snapshot: Supporting workers with disability – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic compounded existing inequalities for workers with disability, leaving many of them feeling stretched, stressed and unfairly treated. However, the unprecedented move to remote and flexible work during the pandemic also created opportunities to better understand how flexible work arrangements can support people with disability to access and participate meaningfully in the workplace. … Continued

Legislation and regulation in Australia: Children and young people with disability in primary and secondary education settings’.

The report provides a general description of how Commonwealth funding for education operates; a detailed explanation of how laws regulating education for students with disability function in each jurisdiction; and an examination of each jurisdiction’s anti-discrimination laws as they apply to education (including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 issued under that Act.)

NDIS National Workforce Plan: 2021-2025

Closing date: June 30, 2025

The plan outlines the Australian Government’s commitment to work with NDIS participants, industry and other stakeholders to grow a responsive and capable workforce for the NDIS that attracts workers with suitable skills, values and attributes. The plan includes 16 initiatives that aim to ensure the care and support market and workforce are able to support participants to meet their needs and achieve their goals.