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DPO Australia Formal Briefing with Human Rights Committee (ICCPR)

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) formally briefed the UN Committee on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva on Monday 16 October in regard to the protection of the rights of people with disability. The DPO Australia briefing focused on high level key issues  including all forms of violence, denial of legal capacity, substitute decision-making regimes, migration laws, restrictive practices, mental health…

Submission to Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) and Related Bills Senate Inquiry

In September 2017, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) provided a brief submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 (the Bill) and 10 related bills [provisions] expressing support for an increase in the Medicare Levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The package of bills amends…

Registered for the BSWAT payment scheme? You can now apply for your payment

Did you, or someone you know, register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme? You can now apply for your BSWAT payment. You need to apply for a payment by 30 November 2017. Find out about the BSWAT Payment Scheme on the website of the Department of Social Services (DSS). The website has information booklets in Easy English and…

Disability Peak CEOs Meet to Discuss Key Issues at NDIA CEOs Forum September 2017

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) holds regular forums for CEOs of national peak organisations. The purpose of the meetings are to talk about the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), as well as to listen to feedback from the sector. The members of DPO Australia attend these forums to discuss key issues and concerns…

UN Special Rapporteur: Self-determination is key to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released her report on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, based on her visit earlier this year. In her report, Ms Tauli-Corpuz noted that current Government policies and priorities ‘do not duly respect the rights to self-determination and…