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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…

People with Disability Demand Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse

Today’s ABC Background Briefing report, into shocking cases of the killing of people with disability, shows why a Royal Commission into all forms of violence against people with disability is so urgent and important. “This new report exposes the terrible deaths of people with disability at the hands of those who are closest to them.…

Media Release: Australian with Disability Voted onto the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) warmly congratulates Australian candidate, Rosemary Kayess on her election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The election took place overnight at the United Nations in New York. This week, countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)…