From our CEO
Welcome to the first edition of AFDO eNews for 2018.
This year is looking to be a very busy, yet exciting year. Our Board held a Strategic Planning Day last week, the staff team have been very busy mapping out plans for the year ahead, and as I'm writing this, I am making arrangements for my trip to Western Australia next week to meet with our member, People With disability WA, as well as other key stakeholders in Western Australia.
I am very happy to announce that we have been advised by the Department of Social Services (DSS) that the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) led consortium was successful with our Disability Representative Organisations (DRO) application. This Consortium is made up of AFDO and ten of our members - the national peak organisations.
We are looking forward to working with the Federal Government, as well as the other organisations who were also successful with their DRO funding applications - People With Disability Australia (PWDA), Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), Mental Health Australia (MHA) and National Disability Services (NDS).
A little closer to home, everyone at AFDO is very happy to welcome Inclusion Australia (NCID, who work with people with intellectual disability) as a Full member of our organisation. We have been working closely with Inclusion Australia through the consortium. However, it's great to have Inclusion Australia as a Full member of AFDO. We are also pleased to welcome Kevin Stone, President of Inclusion Australia to the Board of AFDO. To learn more about our member organisations, visit our website.
Below is an overview of the work we have been doing in the employment, NDIS, policy and advocacy space over recent months.