Topic: Position Papers

Media Release: Disability Employment Reforms Won’t Solve Employment Gap for People with Disability

National disability organisations have come together to highlight concerns about Federal Government reforms to Disability Employment Services (DES) which commenced on 1 July 2018. “We have repeatedly raised concerns about DES reforms, and the missed opportunity to create a successful employment support system for people with disability,” said Ms Therese Sands, Co-CEO of People with…

Position Paper: Opposition to DES Funding Cuts for Participants with Higher Support Needs

Since 2015, DPO Australia and Inclusion Australia have represented the collective voice of people with disability within the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Disability Employment Service (DES) reform process. Read our joint Position Paper below, or download as a Word document: Position Paper: Opposition to DES Funding Cuts [DOC] Background Disability Employment Services (DES) is…

Position Paper: Barriers to Informed Choice

Since 2015, DPO Australia and Inclusion Australia have represented the collective voice of people with disability within the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Disability Employment Service (DES) reform process. Disappointingly, we are now unable to support fundamental features of the DES reforms that come into effect on 1 July 2018.  Key aspects of these reforms…

Joint Statement on the NDIA Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider and Investor Brief

DPO Australia has joined with our sector colleagues to release a joint statement on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider and Investor Brief.While we welcome the positive commitments to SDA set out in this brief, new messaging indicates that most people with disability with high and complex needs will be required to share housing and supports.…

Position Paper: Disability Inclusive National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)

Australia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) requires the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). An NPM is an independent oversight mechanism focused on preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (ill-treatment) primarily by monitoring and inspecting places…