Research reports

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.

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.

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.

Presenting 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.

The Third Review of Transport Standards Report

Part 34 of the Transport Standards requires the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, in consultation with the Attorney-General to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards. The final report contains 24 findings and 9 recommendations that will be considered by the Australian Government in its response to the review which is proposed to be released in early 2022.

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.

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

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.