Advocacy

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

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Report: We look after our own mob

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 20/2/2020 - 09:15

World first research report on Australia's First Peoples experiences of autism

Positive Partnerships is proud to have collaborated with Macquarie University on a new research report titled 'We Look After Our Own Mob: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Experiences of Autism'. On Tuesday 18th February this report was launched at the State Library of New South Wales by the Honourable Linda Burney MP, NSW Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Submission to Disability Royal Commission on Education of autistic students

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 17/2/2020 - 09:47

On 3/2/2020, A4 sent its belated submission responding to the Disability Royal Commission's (DRC) Issues Paper on Education of students with disability. The submission was due in December, but A4 has limited resources to do this type of work. Hopefully, the DRC will consider A4's submission.

The submission makes the following suggestions to the Royal Commission.

NDIA FoI response: "the NDIS does not fund ABA"

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 17/2/2020 - 07:08

The NDIS responded to A4's FoI request (20/12/2019). The two document can be downloaded from the links below.

A4 had some follow up correspondence with the NDIA about the NDIA's response to A4's email to the Ministers. That correspondence is available at http://a4.org.au/node/1588 and http://a4.org.au/node/1654. The NDIA omits this correspondence from its FoI documents below.

Response to DSS FoI: the NDIS does not fund ABA

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 2/1/2020 - 15:57

A4 received this response (link to download and accompanying email below) to our DSS FoI request - see https://a4.org.au/node/2155.

Basically, DSS's response below says it has no record of anyone passing A4's letter to the Department (which should mean DSS, the NDIA is "the Agency"), as Assistant Minister Prentice's Office told A4 in an email on 4/12/2017. A Department representative suggested (on the telephone) that A4's letter was sent to the NDIA, not to the Department.

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