Advocacy

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

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) 

Query: AAT internal review

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 8/8/2019 - 16:03
Subject: Re: Response to your correspondence that was received by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2019 15:53:45 +1000
From: Bob Buckley (A4 Convenor) <convenor@a4.org.au>
Organization: Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
To: Kate Lynch <Kate.Lynch@aat.gov.au>

A4 sent a report on Australia and the UN CRPD

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 5/8/2019 - 07:56

The United Nations is again reviewing Australia's response to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) submitted a report on Australia's response to the CRPD in relation to the rights of autistic Australians. The key points A4 made are:

Australia’s laws and its legal system:

do not protect the rights of persons with disabilities
protect, and possibly promote, disability discrimination against autistic citizen in disability services.