From our CEO
Welcome to the latest edition of AFDO eNews.
I am pleased to announce that we are releasing our Political Platform today for the upcoming Federal Election to be held on Saturday 18th May 2019.
We are calling for a commitment from all parties and candidates to six key objectives which make up our Political Platform.
Listed below is a brief outline of the six commitments we are calling for, and there is a link to further information on each commitment.
1. Commitment to a Royal Commission to address violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of people with disability across all settings and encompassing all matters raised by AFDO and its members that are not currently in or are lacking sufficient weight in the Royal Commissions Terms of Reference as well as conflict of interest issues with two of the appointed Commissioners. Read more on Commitment 1
2. Commitment to funding the National Disability Strategy and progressive achievement of measurable outcomes at a federal level as well as ensuring this applies to all levels of government. Read more on Commitment 2
3. Commitment to set aside, as a clearly defined reserve fund, the full and ongoing funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and to provide any necessary legislation to this effect. This to be at the level required for full Scheme each year, including any funds remaining in the reserve fund from any budget underspend in any given year. This is to provide certainty for all approved participants and for the long term security of the Scheme. Read more on Commitment 3
4. Commitment to people with disability who are not part of the NDIS for continued access to services and relevant supports provided at a Federal and State/Territory level through COAG and other agreements or arrangements. Read more on Commitment 4
5. Commitment to equitable and sufficient funding of all national Disability Representative Organisations to fulfil their role for people with disability and their families; to add value in working with all governments on policy, initiatives and disability issues. Read more on Commitment 5
6. Commitment to equitable and sufficient funding of disability advocacy agencies and its national Peak body to fulfil their role for people with disability and their families; to add value in resolving individual issues and to provide input and data on systemic or other issues for resolution. Read more on Commitment 6
We will also be writing to all party leaders and candidates outlining our Political Platform and asking them to commit to the six key objectives which will improve the lives of people with disability and improve inclusion within Australian communities.
You can visit our Election 2019 webpage via this link:
Please keep reading on as there are two opportunities below for people with disability to have a say on disability rights in Australia.
I hope you enjoy this edition of AFDO eNews.