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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A4's response to the draft National Autism Strategy - abundant opportunity for improvement

By convenor |

The Department of Social Security is charged with managing the development of Australia's National Autism  Strategy.

The consultation process for the first draft strategy has closed -  see

A4's "silver buckshot" response to the draft National Autism Strategy prepared by DSS staff is available from the links below.

NDIS data show the rapid decline in Australian autism diagnoses

By convenor |

The proportion of young children (age 0 to 6 years) diagnosed with autism in the NDIS has declined significantly since the full roll-out of the NDIS. The number of autistic NDIS participants aged 0-6 years old in the NDIS decreased 27.4% in 18 months from 30/9/2022 to 31/3/2024.

The following chart shows the proportion of children in the NDIS with different types of "primary disability" according to data published by the NDIS on their website. 

Updated data ... 5/2024

Minister Rishworth: autism-related issues and concerns

By convenor |

Subject:meeting request - autism-related issues and concerns

Date:Mon, 4 Mar 2024 12:13:40 +1100

From:Bob Buckley (Co-convenor) <>

Dear Minister Rishworth

please find attached a letter from our disability representative organisation (DRO) for autism requesting a meeting to discuss our serious concerns about policies and programs for autistic Australians.

I look for to your response. If you have any questions, I can be reached via email or mobile 0418677288.

Minister Shorten: 40 hours of therapy for some (autistic) children

By convenor |

Subject:RE: 40 hours of therapy for some (autistic) children [SEC=OFFICIAL]
Date:Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:52:08 +0000
From:Minister Shorten <> <>
CC:Minister Shorten <>

Good morning  Mr Buckley

Thank you for your email below dated 25 February 2024, received in Minister Shorten’s office 26 February 2024.

Kind regards