In Jul 2017 Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) provided a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017.
The Bill outlines amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013 under two Schedules:
- Schedule 1 establishes a NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; and
- Schedule 2 outlines amendments to the NDIS Act 2013 based on the outcomes of an independent review of the Act in 2015.
- This NDIS Act 2013 is critical to the implementation of human rights for people with disability as it gives effect to Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as well as certain obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Any amendments to the NDIS Act must further advance the rights of people with disability.
- This submission provides our key comments regarding the amendments under both Schedules.
The DPO Australia submission includes extensive feedback on the draft legislation and amendments to the NDIS Act. The submission made 17 recommendations.
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