Advocacy

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

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

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.