The following list shows A4's recent advocacy. This list contains both publications (including briefs and submissions) and communications (letters & emails).

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NDIS: DRCO Forum 1 July

By convenor | Wed, 29/6/2022 - 13:40

Subject: Fwd: DRCO Forum 1 July [SEC=OFFICIAL]
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022 16:14:28 +1000
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <>
To: <>


I notice that the Actions from the last DRCO Forum says you would contact "the Autism Alliance and any other interested organisations about the NDIA business system and Participant Portal". I am an interested party who raised stuff relating to this issue in the meeting. I have heard nothing more. Has anything happened?

Please involve the autism community in creating a National Autism Strategy

By convenor | Sat, 11/6/2022 - 13:57

Subject: Please involve the autism community in creating a National Autism Strategy.
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 13:31:52 +1000
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <>
To: The Hon. Mr. Shorten MP <>
CC: Senator Carol Brown <>, ...

Dear The Hon. Bill Shorten MP

your "value for money" claim on ABC's QandA

By convenor | Sun, 10/4/2022 - 13:54

Subject: your "value for money" claim on ABC's QandA
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 14:09:40 +1000
CC:Bill Shorten <>,, Hughes, Hollie (Senator) <>

Dear Minister Ruston,

I doubt I have ever seen a NDIS Plan review that omitted some explicit claim that some essential support was "not value for money". Your claim on #QandA was incorrect. Either you know this is happening all the time, or you should know.

Free Webinar: What's in the Senate Inquiry Report on Autism?

By convenor | Sat, 26/3/2022 - 16:44

The Australian Autism Alliance is holding a webinar on Tuesday 29 March (from 12.15pm-1.00pm) at which Chair of the Select Committee, Senator The Hon. Hollie Hughes, and Deputy Chair, Senator The Hon. Carol Brown will outline the report’s key findings and recommendations.

A4's Monique Blakemore will be chairing.

Click here to Register.


labour shortages an opportunity to improve disability employment

By convenor | Sat, 5/2/2022 - 13:51

Subject: labour shortages an opportunity to improve disability employment
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2022 07:08:24 +1100
CC:Bill Shorten <>, Hughes, Hollie (Senator) <>, Senator Jordon Steele-John <>

Dear Minister

reports of major labour shortages provide an immediate opportunity for business and government to act to improve disability employment in Australia.


Brief & meeting with Health officials - autism is a distinct disability

By convenor | Mon, 24/1/2022 - 16:24

On 17/1/2022, A4 and a couple of our friends from the autism sector met (via video-link) with several officials from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. A4 provided a briefing document for the meeting (see below). Following is a summary report on the meeting.

Positives for A4 and the autism sector in Australia from the meeting were that