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Public trustee system under the spotlight

Since its establishment in 2019, the Disability Royal Commission has put the spotlight on the public trustee system, exposing countless cases of people losing control of their lives under the system.  Investigative reporter Anne Connolly has been at the latest hearings and she joined RN Breakfast to discuss.

The constant abuse and harassment from non-disabled people isn’t changing – in fact it’s getting even worse

Closing date: October 14, 2022

When I was younger, I didn’t hide away, and would shout back at this public repudiation of my body. But I am tired now, and don’t have as much energy to continue to fight. I don’t work in public any more, or in an office. I rarely swim in a public pool. I limit my public activity and have to brace myself for the comments that come when I do go out.

‘Cruel and unfair’: NDIS facing class action over alleged age discrimination

“They made the restriction not whether you had your disability before the age of 65, but what age you were when you applied,” Mr Freckleton said. “There are various forms of equipment and so on that you need, but once you have those … you can carry on living quite well and contributing, but to deprive people of that just randomly because of their birthday is what I call a calendar crime.”

The administrative burden of forms can stop people getting the services they need

Forms are innocuous, dry, and often boring pieces of bureaucratic technology that most people consider as an inconvenience. But despite their relatively innocuous nature, forms play a critical role in the collection of information and often represent a filtering mechanism in gaining access to programs or support in the modern welfare state.

Data shows half of Australians with disability not satisfied with life

Factors drawn from the data that could contribute to a person with disability’s lower level of satisfaction in life include health, wellbeing, financial stress, social isolation and lack of employment opportunities. Long wait times, cost, inaccessible buildings, discrimination by health professionals and a lack of communication between treating health professionals were all seen as barriers to people with disability accessing health care.

Spoken word by Emily Dash

Emily Dash is an emerging writer, actor, producer and speaker who works across theatre and screen. Her acclaimed and wide ranging work emphasises social justice issues, community engagement, intersectionality, and expanding perceptions of disability. Watch her spoken word performance about owning your power and taking up space as a person with disability which was presented at the ‘Where To From Here Conference 2022’.

National Disability Insurance Agency accused of discriminating against employees with disability

Kerriene Minjoot never felt like her blindness was a barrier to her succeeding at work, until she joined the very government agency tasked with improving the lives of Australians with disabilities.  “I did not expect to go into working at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and ending up feeling more disabled than I ever have before,” she said.

NDIS recipients are being sued by their service providers

Joshua and Nicole’s case highlights a problem in the NDIS system where recipients of services end up taking on legal liability in the case of a dispute over payment.  Jo Evans, a senior solicitor in the Consumer Law team at Legal Aid NSW, says she’s more and more concerned about the number of cases she’s seeing of NDIS recipients being sued or facing action from debt collectors over unpaid invoices.