Topic: Media Releases

Media Release: Call for Action to End Indefinite Detention of People with Disability

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) welcomes the report on the Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment, which was tabled yesterday by the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs. The report outlines 32 recommendations for concerted law reform and justice measures as well as the development of integrated policies and programs to…

Media Release: Action urgently needed to stop violence against women with disability

Violence against women with disability occurs at alarming levels in Australia: at least twice the rate of other women. Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) calls for urgent action to address the human rights violation that is violence against women with disability. DPO Australia…

Media Release: ACT NDIS Shutdown Must Be Reversed

A number of national and ACT disability representative and advocacy organisations are today calling on the Australian and ACT governments to immediately work together to reverse the shutdown of the NDIS in the ACT. Despite welcome reassurances from Ministers, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has stated that there will be no new NDIS participants…

Media Release: Peak Disability Group Condemns Decision to Deny Deaf Juror Equal Access

Today the High Court of Australia unanimously rejected an appeal from Gaye Lyons, a Queensland women who had been turned down for jury service because she requires as Auslan interpreter to participate in proceedings. “The decision is very disappointing”, says peak national disability group, Disabled Persons Organisations Australia (DPO Australia). “However, we won’t be deterred…

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia Opposes Omnibus Bill Budget Changes

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) recently made a submission to the Senate Committee on Economics to oppose budget measures contained in the ‘Omnibus Bill’ that will have a negative impact on people with disability.  These measures include: Changes to the Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period Changes to backdating of Carers Allowance Removal of the DSP for…