Impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services

This is the final report from the inquiry looking into the impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services. Additional recommendations have been added  since the interim report was released in May with this one being most welcome to the disability advocacy sector: … Continued

Principals report ‘crisis’ in funding for disabled students

School principals say they are facing an urgent crisis in funding students with a disability-and most have been forced to dip into other budgets to support their disabled students. The survey by the Australian Education Union found most principals say they don’t have adequate funding to support children at their school with special needs.

Disability groups granted temporary funding reprieve

Federal government delays a 40 per cent funding cut to the disability sector amid allegations it was in breach of United Nations convention. The federal government has made a partial backflip on its cuts to disability groups, granting a temporary reprieve to eight bodies whose funding was due to run out on Saturday. Last month … Continued

Disability sector funding cuts attacked by former UN committee chairman

The new arrangement threatens eight peak bodies, with 200,000 members. The former chairman of the United Nations committee representing people with disabilities has added his voice to the chorus of anger over the government’s shake-up of the sector, challenging its claim it is in acting in accordance with the UN convention. Ron McCallum, who is … Continued

Former commissioner says disability cuts breach UN convention

The Federal Government’s cuts to the disability sector are a “catastrophic” blow and breach the United Nations convention on the rights of disabled people, advocacy groups and one of the architects of the convention says. The Department of Social Services announced yesterday it would fund an alliance of six groups representing disabled people by demographic … Continued

Support for Indigenous people with Disability: $900,000 Over Three Years

Indigenous people with disability will benefit from a $900,000 funding package announced today to improve access to national disability support services. The First People’s Disability Network Australia will receive the funds over three years to assist Indigenous Australians to understand and access support from the newly-created DisabilityCare Australia. Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said the … Continued

Disability Scheme Shows the Best in Us

DisabilityCare Australia may be Julia Gillard’s enduring legacy. In a budget week of deficits and billion-dollar figures, of cuts and thrusts across the body politic, there was a moment of unifying commendation. Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard rose to give the second reading of the Medicare Levy Amendment (DisabilityCare Australia) Bill 2013. It was … Continued