Advocacy

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

ABC heavily redacted FOI on NDIS waiting times

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 13/12/2019 - 11:39

Dear FOI Team

Thank you for the information that you provided.

I notice that the document you provided does not include:

  1. a record of the ABC's FoI request, and
  2. the list of documents in the response.

As they are not in the disclosure log, please would you also provide these documents?

DSS FoI: the NDIS does not fund ABA

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 12/12/2019 - 00:00

Subject:
Freedom of Information Request - "the NDIS does not fund ABA"

Date:
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:59:35 +1100

From:
Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <cnvnr@a4.org.au>

Organization:
Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)

To:
FOI <foi@dss.gov.au>

Freedom of Information Team
Government and Executive Services Branch
Department of Social Services (DSS)
GPO Box 9820
Canberra ACT 2601

New Plan To Support Victoria’s Autism Community

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 7/12/2019 - 00:00

The Andrews Labor Government has released a five-year plan to provide autistic Victorians greater opportunities for choice and community participation.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the Victorian Autism Plan with representatives of the Autism Plan Advisory Group who contributed to the plan’s development.

The Victorian Autism Plan sets out actions to improve the lives of autistic Victorians and their families and carers, backed by $7.1 million in funding.

A4's submission to the Tune Review

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 29/10/2019 - 16:34

A4's submission to the Tune Review on improving the NDIS legisation and on an NDIS service guarantee is available on the DSS Engage website: see https://engage.dss.gov.au/wp-content/up…

The submission shows there is considerable scope to improve the NDIS. The NDIS is falling well short of the mark it was set.

A4's submission focuses on issues relating to autistic Australians including 30% of NDIS participants.

Submission/comment to Productivity Commission Mental Health inquiry

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:41
Subject: re: Your Mental Health inquiry submission [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:44:39 +1100 (AEDT)
From: mental.health@pc.gov.au
To: convenor@a4.org.au

Thank you Mr Buckley! We have received your submission.

For any other queries, please email mental.health@pc.gov.au

Below is a record of the information you sent us:

Concluding Observations on Australia and the UN CRPD, Sep-2019

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 3/10/2019 - 00:00

Dear Mr Basharu

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, observes that your Committee published its “Concluding Observations: UN Report on Australia’s Review of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), 24 September 2019”. A4 greatly appreciates your efforts to hold Australia to its international obligations in relation to people with disabilities.

A4 is puzzled and disappointed that your Concluding Observations make no reference to autistic Australians. Excluding autistic Australians from your observations leaves them feeling that a crucial human rights body fails to recognise their needs and right.

Autism/ASD submissions on planning to NDIS Parliamentary Joint Committee

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 18/9/2019 - 10:56

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is inquiring into the the NDIS's planning process.

A number of autism/ASD-related organisations, including A4, made submissions to the inquiry. The Committee published submissions here. The submissions by autism groups are:

2. Autism Family Support Association (PDF 580 KB)

5. Autism Spectrum Australia (PDF 143 KB) 

63. Irabina Autism Services (PDF 48 KB) 

69. Intervention Services for Autism and Developmental Delay (ISADD) (PDF 42 KB)